Dow AgroSciences to close Gibson City research station

GIBSON CITY — Dow AgroSciences LLC plans to close its research station south of Gibson City by year’s end, a company official said Thursday.

The facility, located at 454 E. Ford County Road 300 North, was acquired by Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., from Dairyland Seed Company Inc. in 2008.

TIF attorney: 'We still have an assessment problem'

PAXTON — Unless the Ford County supervisor of assessments decides to raise properties’ assessed values to better reflect what they are actually worth, the city of Paxton could end up having trouble reimbursing landowners for improvements they have made to their properties in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district, an attorney warned the city council last month.

Mom & Pop's Kettle Korn Stop to get new facade

PAXTON — Officials hope that a redevelopment agreement approved by the city council last month to help finance the renovation of a downtown kettle corn shop can be used as a template for similar projects in the future.

Accolade Health Care buys two Paxton nursing homes, one in Pontiac

PAXTON — When Moe Freedman calls in his reservation to the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, the clerk answering the phone always recognizes his voice.

“They’re like, ‘Hey, Moe,’ before I even say my name,” the 30-year-old Chicago man said.

Attorney general releases Safe Shopping Guide for holidays

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Nov. 22 released her 10th anniversary Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season.

Paxton chamber hires Duden as executive director

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Madison Duden as its new executive director.

Duden replaces Amanda Donaldson.

Duden is set to graduate from Eastern Illinois University in May 2018 and has years of experience in customer service as well as in sales.

Gibson City app goes live

GIBSON CITY — In a very short regular meeting Monday night, Gibson City Council members touted the release of the city’s own app, which went live Sunday night.

The city’s app is now available for Android or Apple devices and can be downloaded at no charge from either platform’s app store by searching on “Gibson City.”

Gibson City using new app to promote local businesses

GIBSON CITY — The City of Gibson has published a free Gibson City app that is available for download on smart phones.   To access the app, people can  search for “Gibson City” in their app store.

Elite Performance’s expansion may benefit not just public but schools, too

GIBSON CITY — When Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Elite Performance program expands yet again in upcoming months with the opening of two much larger facilities in both Paxton and Gibson City, it will come with the addition of new equipment that not only the public can use but also possibly the athletic teams at local schools.

Illinois Knights Templar Home has new owner

PAXTON — The Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton will be sold to Altitude Health Services Inc., effective Nov. 1.

Vendors were notified of the transaction in an Oct. 20 letter sent by Heritage Operations Group, which has managed the nursing home at 450 E. Fulton St. for the past four years.

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