Letter from former Railside owners influenced council's vote

GIBSON CITY — Mayor Dan Dickey said he has read and re-read a “confidential” letter that was sent to himself and all members of the Gibson City Council by the former owners of Railside Golf Club, and he still cannot see how it caused the council to reject a proposal to give the golf course’s investors $5,000 for planned course improvements.

Paxton chamber seeks new executive director

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new executive director as a replacement for Amanda Donaldson. 

Responsibilities include event planning, clerical work and networking with the local business community. The 10 to 20 hours worked per work are flexible. 

New Elite Performance of Paxton coming in 2018

PAXTON — Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services announced that its Elite Performance facility in Paxton will be moving into the old Sorenson factory on U.S. 45 on the city’s north side.

Q&A with Harvest Ale House owner Ben Grice

Ford County Record Editor Will Brumleve sat down Monday with Ben Grice to talk about Grice’s new restaurant and bar, the Harvest Ale House, located at 102 S. Market St. The following is the full give-and-take ...

Leading up to this week’s grand opening, you held a number of private parties to test things out. How many did you do?

Harvest Ale House fills void in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — On Tuesday afternoon, the time finally arrived that Ben Grice had been looking forward to for so long.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, the 39-year-old Paxton restaurateur officially opened the Harvest Ale House at 4 p.m. in the long-vacant building at 102 S. Market St., once the home of The 102 Lounge.

B&B owner contesting dismissal of appeal in discrimination case

SPRINGFIELD — A Christian bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton that is facing sanctions from the state for discriminating against a same-sex couple six years ago is turning to the courts in hope of avoiding $80,000 in penalties.

Ford, Iroquois see jobless rates drop from year-ago levels

CHICAGO — Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in June in all of Illinois’ metropolitan areas and all but two counties, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

Bayern Stube owners selling, not closing

GIBSON CITY — When folks talk about Gibson City, one of the first things that always comes up is the Bayern Stube, the German restaurant that’s been a fixture in the community of about 3,400 since its opening in 1991.

“It’s our page view,” said Tim Shafer, president of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Railside Golf Club requests city's help

GIBSON CITY — Guy Percy, one of the new owners of Railside Golf Club in Gibson City, presented information to a city council committee Monday night about the golf course’s past and future before making a request for assistance with two projects.

$750,000 loan granted to Colmac Coil

PAXTON — When Paxton’s largest employer, Baltimore Air Coil, closed in 2009, laying off its 223 workers, Colmac Coil stepped up to try to fill the economic void.

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