Gibson City Council approves participation in renewal of enterprise zone

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved the city’s participation in a renewal of the Bloomington-Normal enterprise zone Monday night.

The enterprise zone extends east from Bloomington-Normal and into Ford County through a 3-foot section of land parallel to Illinois 9. It then moves north to encompass One Earth Energy’s ethanol plant in Gibson City.

B&B owner on defensive at damages hearing for civil-rights violation

SPRINGFIELD — The co-owner of a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton who turned down a same-sex couple’s request to hold a civil-union ceremony there in 2011 said he did not intend to come across as hateful, bigoted or homophobic when he sent them a series of emails citing various Biblical verses and denouncing homosexuality as “wrong and unnatural.”

Volo Broadband hopes to buy assets of Conxxus

PAXTON — A Champaign Internet provider hopes to buy a Paxton company, bring its services here and expand elsewhere.

Peter Folk of Volo Broadband told the Paxton City Council on Monday that his company is the highest bidder so far for the assets of Conxxus, which is in receivership.

“Paxton is right where we want to be. We’re trying to give Conxxus a kick,” Folk said.

Employer Roundtable to be held Nov. 18 at PBL High

PAXTON — Parkland College in Champaign is inviting employers to attend a roundtable discussion of employment needs in Ford County as well as industry trends in the area.

The roundtable event is scheduled for 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at PBL High School, 700 W. Orleans St., Paxton.

Grandmas open shop at Rantoul site

RANTOUL — A couple of ya yas have opened a shop at The Whistle Stop in downtown Rantoul.

Ya ya is Greek for grandma.

Karen McCartney of Rantoul and Tami Benninger of Paxton have even incorporated that into the name of their business — Love, Ya Ya XOXO.

McCartney said she and Benninger had a little fun naming the shop.

Paxton mayor: Good news coming soon on TIF district

PAXTON — Since Paxton’s first tax-increment financing (TIF) district was created in December 2012, the city hasn’t seen the kind of growth it had originally anticipated through the economic-development tool.

Burgers & Beer plans mid-December opening in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — A bar and grill with a unique selection of menu items — with unique names to boot — is expected to open in mid-December at the former site of D.G. Sullivan’s in downtown Gibson City.

Mural paints portrait of Gibson City's past

GIBSON CITY — A reproduction of a mural by former Gibson City resident Larry Day helped to beautify the downtown in time for the Harvest Fest celebration on Oct. 11. The mural was reproduced on vinyl and applied to cover the windows of an empty store at 107 N. Sangamon Ave. by Dan Kearfott of Kearfott Graphix.

Ford County food establishments could be shut down 'without warning'

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department’s ordinance regulating food establishments has been changed to give more authority to the agency’s environmental health inspector.

Jeff Shaffer to discuss year-end tax planning at Nov. 19 lunch event

PAXTON — Jeff Shaffer, of Fiorillo, Shaffer & Associates Ltd. in Paxton, will speak about year-end tax planning and changes during the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch & Learn event, set for noon Thursday, Nov. 19, at the American Legion building on East Pells Street in Paxton.

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