Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken might come to Paxton

PAXTON — Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken could soon be opening a restaurant in Paxton.

Paxton resident Steve Meuser said Friday he has finalized a franchise agreement with the company to allow him to open a Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant on Illinois 9 just west of the Interstate 57 interchange.

Gibson City golf course might close if no buyer can be found

GIBSON CITY — A public golf course in Gibson City is up for sale, and if no buyer can be found soon, it might end up closing, its owner said.

Council awards grants to pair of businesses

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council approved redevelopment agreements with two downtown businesses last week, granting them tax-increment financing (TIF) funds to help pay for expenses related to the renovation and improvement of their buildings.

Flipping homes a labor of love for Paxton men

PAXTON — The popular home-renovation shows airing on HGTV and the DIY Network — with titles such as “Flip or Flop” or “First-Time Flippers” — don’t have much appeal to Dave King and Ryan Maness, even though the two Paxton men could be considered made-for-TV candidates.

Hospital's CEO receives new five-year deal

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital’s board of directors has extended a new five-year employment contract to the hospital’s chief executive officer, Robert Schmitt. 

Longtime dentist in Paxton retiring

PAXTON — Four decades ago, as Dr. Russell Pitch was getting ready to receive his doctorate in dental surgery from Loyola University in Chicago, he and his wife, Phyllis, decided they wanted to move away from the everyday hustle and bustle of a big city.

New substation near Loda to improve services for EIEC members

LODA — Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, a member-owned co-op serving electricity to the rural areas of East Central Illinois, recently energized its 27th substation.

Beer won’t be brewed at to-be-opened restaurant, but there’ll be plenty of it

PAXTON — Nearly two years ago, when Ben Grice announced the name of his to-be-opened restaurant in the long-empty building at 102 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton, the Harvest Brew House seemed like a good fit.

After all, brewing beer there was the plan.

Want to spruce up your building? Apply for a facade grant

PAXTON — Business owners in downtown Paxton seeking to spruce up their buildings’ facades can apply for some financial assistance.

A facade grant program sponsored by the City of Paxton, PRIDE in Paxton and the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from local businesses for reimbursement of up to $3,000, or 50 percent of the project.

Business owner to city council: ‘Let’s be fair’

PAXTON — The owner of a downtown Paxton antique store expressed her frustrations to the city council last week about the inconsistent enforcement of the city’s zoning rules.

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