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PAXTON — The Country Thyme Tea Room has been a fixture in Paxton for 20 years, but most of its customers don’t live in the Ford County seat.
Owner Bonnie Kaeb said most of her customers travel from within a 2-hour radius of Paxton to enjoy her home-cooked foods in a cozy atmosphere that they can’t find anywhere else.
PAXTON — As if winning a chance to go “picking” with one of the stars of cable television’s hit series “American Pickers” wasn’t enough, Robin McNish recently received word that Frank Fritz plans to come to Paxton to visit her antique shop in September.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A California company announced Tuesday it has secured majority ownership of the first phase of a wind farm to be built this summer in East Central Illinois.
PAXTON — The Family Dollar store in Paxton is closing in August as a result of slow sales.
A sign was posted Monday on the front door of the discount store, located at 100 W. Ottawa Road, informing customers of the impending closure.
KEMPTON — Construction of the K4 Wind Farm — a proposed 199-turbine wind farm encompassing portions of Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties — is expected to begin by early August, the project’s developer said.
East Central Illinois banks retained the ratings they had at the close of the Dec. 31, 2013, quarter.
More than half the area banks received BauerFinancial’s highest rating of 5 stars. No area banks received the lowest or second-lowest ratings — zero stars and 1 star.
By RYAN FERGUSON
Paxton Record correspondent
GIBSON CITY – The Gibson City Council voted unanimously Monday, upon recommendation from the Downtown Revitalization Committee, to spend up to $1,000 on brochures highlighting the downtown’s restaurants, retail businesses and specialty stores.
SPRINGFIELD — The Paxton Record claimed top honors for investigative reporting, best promotion of the public’s right to know and government beat reporting in connection with its coverage of issues in the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department last year, as it finished fourth in the running for Illinois’ best small weekly newspaper on Friday.
PAXTON — The Pueblo Lindo restaurant in Paxton is donating a percentage of its sales on Wednesday, June 11, to a fund set up to help cover medical expenses of Jordan Reynolds, a Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student fighting chronic myelogenous leukemia.
Reynolds and a friend will be at the restaurant on June 11 helping serve patrons. The restaurant is located at 124 W. State St.
Unemployment rates dropped in April throughout East Central Illinois.
Ford County’s rate was 6.4 percent in April, down from 7.1 a year earlier, while Iroquois County’s rate fell from 7.5 percent in April 2013 to 6.5 percent last month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).