Longtime manager of Kirchner's in Paxton moving to Mahomet facility

PAXTON — Dave Parker, longtime manager of Kirchner Building Center in Paxton, has been named manager of the Kirchner Mahomet facility.

A 12-year employee of the company, Parker has served as manager at Paxton for 9 1/2 years.

Dan Warner has been named to succeed Parker as manager at Paxton. He has been employed by the company for two years.

Gibson City's Downtown Revitilization Committee to meet Wednesday

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s Downtown Revitalization Committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at City Hall.

The committee plans to discuss ideas for events and entertainment, the renovation and beautification of the downtown’s buildings, and the recruitment and retention of businesses. Also on the agenda is a discussion about the committee’s mission statement.

Growth in Paxton's first TIF district slow so far

PAXTON — Economic growth has been slow in the first 16 months since Paxton implemented its first tax-increment financing district in the downtown and along the Interstate 57 corridor.

That fact is evident by the lack of tax increment generated by property improvements in the TIF district and the lack of money disbursed back to property owners for improving their properties.

IKEA purchase of wind farm won’t delay construction

HOOPESTON — The purchase of the Hoopeston Wind farm by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will not delay construction on the 98-megawatt project that’s expected to be operational early next year.

Madigan praises passage of bill to protect earnings of low-wage workers

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan praised House lawmakers for passing legislation that would put in place protections for low-wage workers who receive their wages on a payroll card, an increasingly common method of payment used by Illinois employers.

Reflecting on 45 years at Birkey's Farm Store

For the Paxton Record

GIBSON CITY — On Oct. 12, 1968, Stan Alt clocked in at Birkey’s Farm Store for his first day as a full-time employee.

The event would be insignificant in most small farming communities, where a job in agriculture is in the cards for many young people. But Alt’s path — and tenure — make for an interesting story.

Video game store opens in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The 100 block of North Garrard Street in Rantoul is video central, so to speak, for Victor Torres III.

Torres has opened a video game store, We Play Games, at 115 N. Garrard St.

Next door at 113 N. Garrard St., he has opened Classic Video Warehouse.

Kinzinger votes to restore 40-hour work week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, voted to support legislation that would increase the hours needed to qualify as a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act from 30 to 40, eliminating the incentive for employers to cut hours to avoid penalties under the law. 

PBL grad hired as Paxton Record media marketing consultant

PAXTON — Samantha Langley is enjoying her new job as a media marketing consultant for the Paxton Record and News-Gazette Community Newspapers Group.

The 22-year-old rural Paxton resident’s first day on the job was March 25, and her first day selling advertising for the Paxton Record was April 3.

Gibson City Downtown Revitalization Committee to meet Thursday

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Downtown Revitalization Committee has called a public meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at City Hall.

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