Country Garden Restaurant closing; new eatery to take its place

PAXTON — The Country Garden Restaurant, in operation for 27 years immediately west of the Interstate 57 interchange in Paxton, will be closing Sunday.

But it will not be long before the restaurant building at 1050 W. Ottawa Road re-opens under new owners, a new concept, a new menu and a new name.

Alliance Grain Co. acquires Herscher Grain Co.

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-based Alliance Grain Co. has acquired Herscher Grain Co.

The transaction was effective Feb. 26.

The Herscher facility, with five full-time employees, has about 1.7 million bushels of grain capacity with access to the Canadian National rail market.

Lutterbie joined by Ertels, Retherford as winners of Gibson Area Chamber awards

GIBSON CITY — Gary Lutterbie, the winner of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, does not just talk the talk.

“Gary is a doer,” Karen Kummerow wrote in her letter nominating him for the award.

Lawsuit vs. Paxton B&B reassigned to Livingston County judge

PAXTON — Due to an unspecified conflict, Ford County Circuit Court Judge Matt Fitton has recused himself from presiding over a lawsuit filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office against a bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton.

Paxton-based Dogtown Heating & Air opens branch in Urbana

URBANA — A popular Paxton heating and air conditioning business has added a second location in Urbana.

Dogtown Heating & Air has been in business at 109 S. Railroad Ave. in Paxton for several years.

Dogtown repairs, replaces or serves anything involving heating and air and is a Lennox carrier.

Ford County Board votes to not recommend hog facility be built

PAXTON — Though it is not legally binding and could be viewed merely as symbolic, the Ford County Board voted Monday night to not recommend to the Illinois Department of Agriculture that a proposed hog-finishing facility be built about a half-mile west of Sibley

Several trustees of the town of 272 in western Ford County addressed the county board, asking for the action.

Gibson City planning commission approves three action items

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s planning commission approved three action items during their meeting Monday night in the dining room of the Villas of Holly Brook.

Chairman Mary Timm first recognized visitor Steve Kelly, general manager of the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located at the north end of the Jordan Industrial Park on the city’s west side.

Gibson City ethanol plant's annexation, rezoning requests approved

GIBSON CITY — In a short meeting Monday night, Gibson City Council members unanimously approved two ordinances related to One Earth Energy’s request to annex approximately 103 acres into city limits and to rezone that land.

New & Again Resale in Gibson City closing in March

GIBSON CITY — A consignment-based clothing resale store in downtown Gibson City is closing.

New & Again Resale announced it will be closing permanently on March 16, bringing an end to a business that has been open since April 2006.

'Draggin' Main' selected as name of Harvest Ale House's new house brew

PAXTON — Rankin resident Jeremy Motley is the winner of a $50 gift card to the Harvest Ale House — as well as bragging rights — after he won a contest sponsored by the downtown Paxton establishment giving the public a chance to name its new house brew.

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