Kids resale store opens on Market Street in Paxton

PAXTON — Teri Hancock kept hearing from her customers at Market Street General Store in downtown Paxton of the need for a children’s clothing store in town.

Hancock agreed — and took immediate action.

A life remembered: Nick Fiorillo 'was always talking taxes'

PAXTON — Nick Fiorillo loved to talk. Taxes, the focus of his profession, were often the subject.

Even as Mr. Fiorillo was recovering from hip-replacement surgery this month at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton, his conversations with his fellow residents and the facility’s nurses always seemed to lead to the inevitable topic.

TIF attorney asks Ford County to take closer look at property assessments

PAXTON — Paxton officials are asking their Ford County counterparts to take a closer look at how properties throughout the county — and, in particular, those in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district — are assessed.

New hotel near I-57 in Paxton might come to fruition

PAXTON — Paxton’s tax-increment financing (TIF) attorney, Dan Schuering, told the city council’s economic development committee Monday night that in two months a final decision would be made on a long-discussed hotel coming to town.

“In 45 to 60 days, it will come to fruition or it will go away,” Schuering said. “There are still pieces to be put into the puzzle.”

Sidewalk seating in front of downtown Gibson City restaurants discussed

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Sidewalk seating in front of downtown Gibson City restaurants is a step closer to becoming a reality, as the city council discussed the possibility at its meeting Monday night.

One Earth Energy to city: 'You are required by law and ethically to honor our agreement'

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council spent more time in executive session Monday night to discuss potential litigation between the city and the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located in Jordan Industrial Park.

Iroquois County wind farm developers sued by landowners

WATSEKA — The owners of farmland used to build the Pilot Hill Wind Farm in Iroquois County are suing the wind farm’s developers, arguing that they are still owed money for access roads built on their property and for damage done to their land during construction.

Record claims more awards than any other small weekly in state

SPRINGFIELD — The Ford County Record claimed the most awards of any small weekly newspaper in the state Friday in the Illinois Press Association’s annual Excellence in News Contest.

McRae retiring after 50 years at Birkey's

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — While a lot has changed in farming in the past 50 years, one thing that hasn’t changed is Clyde McRae working the parts counter at Birkey’s Farm Store in Gibson City. 

That is about to come to an end, though.

McRae will retire from Birkey’s on July 1 after 50 years of service.

Alderman: Funds ‘rightfully’ belong to firm, not Gibson City


GIBSON CITY — Even though One Earth Energy was not on the agenda, Alderman Jan Hall ended the Gibson City Council meeting Monday night by telling her fellow aldermen the city should release the tax-increment financing (TIF) funds it is holding in escrow for the company, pending the resolution of its property tax dispute.

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