Market Street Vaping opens in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — Steve and Merry Symmonds both smoked cigarettes. They both tried and tried to quit.

“We both tried all the replacement therapies there are. None of them worked,” 59-year-old Steve Symmonds said.

Then a friend recommended “vaping.”

“He told us what to buy,” Steve Symmonds said, “because we knew nothing.”

Vaping finally worked.

Burgers & Beer opens in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Burgers & Beer didn’t give any advance notice that it would be officially opening its newest burger restaurant in Gibson City on Monday morning.

One Earth Energy claims 'inequity in assessments' at board of review hearing

PAXTON — One Earth Energy’s attorney again argued — and again with no success — for the Ford County Board of Review to reduce the assessed value of the firm’s ethanol plant in Gibson City.

Love of puppets turns into business for Gibson City man

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Mike O’Brien of Gibson City always adored puppets. Now he is taking that love to schools in the Bloomington-Normal area and helping students bring literature to life.

Paxton IGA removes potentially contaminated Dole salad items from shelves

PAXTON — The Paxton IGA grocery store has pulled two Dole-branded salad items from its shelves and destroyed them at the request of Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., which last week shut down its Ohio production facility that produced the product over concerns it may be contaminated with listeria bacteria.

Company has laid hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cable

RANTOUL — Metro Communications, the Sullivan-based company that has purchased the Conxxus system in Paxton, has laid hundreds of miles of fiber optic cable throughout Central Illinois, including through Rantoul.

The company laid an underground communication duct system in 2015 through Rantoul along U.S. 136 from Interstate 57 east to the wastewater treatment plant for about $90,000.

Cable-Internet company promises to turn Paxton company around

PAXTON — Metro Communications President Zak Horn knew a lot of work had to be done when his company bought the assets of Conxxus — a Paxton-based cable TV, Internet and phone provider.

Horn said his company has started to upgrade what has been left undone for the past 15 years.

Ford County Record strives to expand coverage of Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Although their hometown newspaper, The Gibson City Courier, is no longer, Gibson City residents have a new publication in town, the Ford County Record, that strives to bring the best local news coverage to their doorsteps every week.

The Target Shopper to be started; Paxton Record to change its name

PAXTON — The News-Gazette is starting a new publication, and renaming another, to better serve both readers and advertisers in Ford County and neighboring communities, Publisher John Reed announced this week.

Construction of Kelly Creek Wind Farm expected to begin in April

KEMPTON — Construction of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm — an expansion of the newly built Pilot Hill Wind Farm — is expected to begin in April, Ford County’s highway engineer said.

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