Board of review rejects Gibson City ethanol plant's appeal

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Board of Review denied a reduction in the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant last week.

The board’s decision Thursday marked the sixth time since 2009 that it denied One Earth Energy’s appeal of its assessed value. So again, the company will be taking up the issue with the state’s property tax appeal board.

Some Paxton restaurants not posting inspection placards

PAXTON — The Country Gardens Restaurant & Pancake House on Paxton’s west edge proudly displays its inspection placard on its front door.

Manager Teresa Huseini likes to show off the Country Garden’s “A” grade and score of 91 that it received on its most recent inspection by the Ford County Public Health Department.

Clinic opens at new location in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON — The Family Health Care of Hoopeston, an affiliate of Gibson Area Hospital, has opened at its new location at 705 S. Dixie Highway in Hoopeston. 

The newly constructed facility features ample parking, numerous exam rooms and spacious procedure rooms.

Changes coming to two Paxton antique shops

PAXTON — Changes are coming to the antique shops in the 200 block of South Market Street in downtown Paxton.

Antique dealer Mary Shedd plans to take over the lease of Robin McNish’s antique store at 224 S. Market St. and call it Vintage Market.

Board of Review to consider ethanol plant's tax appeal Thursday

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Board of Review will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to consider a Gibson City ethanol plant’s request for a reduction in its assessed value.

In December, One Earth Energy filed an appeal of its 2014 assessed value of $22.46 million, seeking to have its assessed value lowered to $6.83 million.

Didier joins Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce board

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School Principal Josh Didier has joined the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

Didier was nominated to fill a vacant board seat by Cody Kietzman. Didier has worked in the PBL school district for five years, previously serving as principal at Clara Peterson Elementary School.

Subway coming to former Long John Silver's site in Rantoul

RANTOUL — It was 1976 — the year of the nation’s bicentennial — when a Long John Silver’s restaurant opened in Rantoul.

Thirty-eight years later, which is a long time in the fast food business, the restaurant at 725 W. Champaign Ave. (west U.S. 136) has closed. A Subway restaurant will take its place.

Busey completes purchase of Pekin-based bank

CHAMPAIGN — First Busey Corp. has completed its previously announced acquisition of Herget Financial Corp., the holding company for Pekin-based Herget Bank.

Champaign-based First Busey acquired 100 percent of Herget Financial’s outstanding common stock for $34.1 million in cash, according to the company’s announcement today.

Carle, Riverside join facilities in Watseka

WATSEKA — Two health systems serving Iroquois County, Carle and Riverside Healthcare, say they’re getting together in a building project to bring their medical services together in one facility in Watseka.

Chamber Buck sales total $8,600 in 2014

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce announced that $8,600 in Chamber Bucks were sold in 2014, bringing the total sales since the Chamber Bucks program’s November 2012 inception to $22,000.

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