Elliott’s cafe now open again, featuring some evening hours

ELLIOTT — A new family group has re-opened the cafe on Main Street in Elliott, and they held a grand opening Wednesday.

Old Paxton building's second floor sees new life

PAXTON — Of the 40 or so people who toured the newly renovated second floor of Ford County’s oldest commercial building on Thursday, not one of them had to duck when walking up the stairs leading to it.

The removal of a low-lying wooden beam that made navigating the stairs a bit tricky in the past was one of the first improvements they must have noticed.

Facade grants to be given to businesses only for projects yet to be started


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved an ordinance change Monday night that limits the city’s facade grant program to helping fund projects that have not yet been started.

Gibson City seeks more businesses to provide incentives to first-time homebuyers

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is in search of more businesses to provide items to be given to the buyers of new homes in Gibson City as part of the chamber’s First-Time Home Buyers Incentive Program.

Two swine facilities proposed to be built in Sibley area

SIBLEY — There are now two swine facilities proposed to be built in the Sibley area in western Ford County.

An informational meeting about one of them will be held by the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Sullivant Township Hall, 125 W. Ohio St., Sibley.

Cristal's Boutique in Paxton has new owner

PAXTON — Cristal’s Boutique in downtown Paxton has a new owner.

Karen Beck, who moved last June to Lake Iroquois from the Danville area, said she is now running the business in the 200 block of North Market Street, which for the past couple of years had been owned and operated by Cristal Sheehan.

Little Chef Diner closed permanently

PAXTON — Open less than a year, the Little Chef Diner in Paxton has closed its doors permanently, leaving the restaurant building that once housed a Pizza Hut vacant yet again.

It was the second diner to occupy the red-roofed building at 560 John St. east of Interstate 57 since the Pizza Hut closed Dec. 31, 2016.

Paxton's TIF district falling short on goals, obligations

PAXTON — When Paxton implemented its first tax-increment financing (TIF) district six years ago, city officials envisioned the economic-development tool being used to build hundreds of new homes, a senior-living community and a variety of restaurants, retail stores and manufacturing facilities around the Interstate 57 interchange.

There's a 'Mexican standoff' over sale of Paxton's airport

PAXTON — The sale of the city’s airport to a man who wants to use it for his aerial crop-spraying business continues to be delayed over concerns that the city could be sued by one of his competitors if the transaction were to proceed.

Paxton proceeding with downtown streetscape project

PAXTON — Sometime next year, the city is expected to begin revamping its historic downtown business district with the construction of a new street, curbs, sidewalks and street lights.

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