Mayor tells of projects city is pursuing to generate economic growth

PAXTON — In addition to a 41-room motel and a Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant  proposed to be built on the city’s west side, Mayor Bill Ingold touched on a number of other ongoing economic-development projects during a program he gave to the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

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.

Love of puppets turns into business for Gibson City man

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Mike O’Brien of Gibson City always adored puppets. Now he is taking that love to schools in the Bloomington-Normal area and helping students bring literature to life.

Exotic fish store — Reefs-R-Us — opens in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — The owner of a newly opened exotic fish store in downtown Paxton hopes to use his business not just to help area residents stock their aquariums, but also as an educational tool for area schoolchildren.

Food vendors will be out in force for Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival

PAXTON — Saturday’s third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival represents not only a chance for area residents to test their grilling talents in an organized competition, it is an opportunity for some to get their name out as a local barbecue vendor.

Resale shop/mentor center opens in downtown Paxton

Paxton Record correspondent

PAXTON — Renea Walters has a unique business dream: a “fantasy factor,” she says.

The ambitious 26-year-old Paxton resident aims to introduce a creative mentoring conduit for teens and young adults at her recently opened downtown storefront, The Gemini Club.

'The 102' finally getting new owner; plans under way to bring business there

PAXTON — A long-vacant restaurant building in the heart of downtown Paxton is in the process of being sold to an undisclosed investor, who intends to rehabilitate the property and start a business there using financing from the city, officials said Thursday.

Gibson City Meat & Deli seeks low-interest loan

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members Monday night approved starting the process for a new downtown business to receive a low-interest loan from a revolving fund.

Thrifty Tique's opens in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — Laura Janssen  grew up around antiques.

As a child, she remembers going antique shopping with her mother, the late Betty Shumate, who owned numerous antique stores in Paxton and the surrounding area. While still in high school, Janssen would work for her mother at one of those shops.

Massage Elements opens in State Street Mall

PAXTON — Massage therapist and Massage Elements owner Emily Sandholt takes the meaning of “family business” to another level.

“My parents have owned a massage therapy studio for 25 years. My six sisters are licsensed massage therapists,” said Sandholdt, who has opened Massage Elements in the State Street Mall in Paxton. “In many ways, I feel like this is what I was born to do.”

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