Business

Informational meeting on swine facility expansion set for Monday

PAXTON — The doubling in size of a swine facility northwest of Gibson City will be the focus of an informational meeting Monday evening.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture, at the request of the Ford County Board, has scheduled the meeting for 6 p.m. in the board room in the basement of the Ford County Jail, 235 N. American St., Paxton.


Area banks retain their BauerFinancial ratings

Banks with offices in the Paxton area retained their previous ratings in the latest ratings from BauerFinancial, based on data for the financial quarter that ended March 31, 2015.

Two-thirds of area banks received BauerFinancial’s highest rating of 5 stars. None got the lowest, second-lowest or third-lowest ratings — zero stars, 1-star and 2-star.


Paxton pharmacist named Fellow by international association

PAXTON — Pharmacist Doug Higgins of Paxton was named a Fellow by the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) during the IACP’s 21st annual Compounders on Capitol Hill Conference in Washington D.C.

Fellowship, the highest distinction awarded by the IACP, recognizes pharmacists who exemplify professionalism and commitment to the practice of pharmacy compounding.


Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce seeks new executive director

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new part-time executive director.

Executive Director Kristina Phelan is resigning, and the chamber is accepting resumes through Friday, June 26, for candidates interested in filling her role.


Dollar General announces remodel of Paxton store

PAXTON — Dollar General announced that it recently completed a remodel of its store at 755 S. Railroad Ave. in Paxton.


Paxton High grad named Growmark Inc. executive

BLOOMINGTON — Bob Rasmus of Forsyth, formerly of Paxton, has accepted the position of executive director of the grain division at Growmark Inc. in Bloomington.


Paxton Record wins 10 more awards

NORMAL — The Paxton Record won 10 awards, including first-place honors for government beat reporting, sports news and headline writing, to take fifth place overall among 25 small weekly newspapers that placed in the Illinois Press Association’s annual editorial contest for 2014.


Nordic Total Fitness to hold grand opening Saturday

PAXTON — Sam Erwin will hold a grand opening for his new gym, Nordic Total Fitness, at 207 N. Market St. in downtown Paxton, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30.


Ex-PBL principal joins sales staff at BSN Sports

RANTOUL — Trent Eshleman has joined the sales staff at BSN Sports.

Eshleman has owned and operated Denny’s Sporting Goods in downtown Onarga for the past two years and said he accepted an offer from BSN to become a sales professional.

“BSN asked me if I wanted to join forces, and it seems this is the right time to do that,” Eshleman said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.


Gibson City Council makes moves to help ethanol plant expand

GIBSON CITY — One Earth Energy has plans to expand the operations of its ethanol plant on the west side of Gibson City, and the city council is going to help it.

The council voted unanimously Monday night to proceed with both the annexation of an additional 103 acres owned by One Earth Energy as well as the creation of a new tax-increment-financing (TIF) district for that land.


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