Country Garden Restaurant closing; new eatery to take its place

PAXTON — The Country Garden Restaurant, in operation for 27 years immediately west of the Interstate 57 interchange in Paxton, will be closing Sunday.

But it will not be long before the restaurant building at 1050 W. Ottawa Road re-opens under new owners, a new concept, a new menu and a new name.

Lutterbie joined by Ertels, Retherford as winners of Gibson Area Chamber awards

GIBSON CITY — Gary Lutterbie, the winner of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, does not just talk the talk.

“Gary is a doer,” Karen Kummerow wrote in her letter nominating him for the award.

Lawsuit vs. Paxton B&B reassigned to Livingston County judge

PAXTON — Due to an unspecified conflict, Ford County Circuit Court Judge Matt Fitton has recused himself from presiding over a lawsuit filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office against a bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton.

Paxton-based Dogtown Heating & Air opens branch in Urbana

URBANA — A popular Paxton heating and air conditioning business has added a second location in Urbana.

Dogtown Heating & Air has been in business at 109 S. Railroad Ave. in Paxton for several years.

Dogtown repairs, replaces or serves anything involving heating and air and is a Lennox carrier.

Gibson City planning commission approves three action items

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s planning commission approved three action items during their meeting Monday night in the dining room of the Villas of Holly Brook.

Chairman Mary Timm first recognized visitor Steve Kelly, general manager of the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located at the north end of the Jordan Industrial Park on the city’s west side.

Gibson City ethanol plant's annexation, rezoning requests approved

GIBSON CITY — In a short meeting Monday night, Gibson City Council members unanimously approved two ordinances related to One Earth Energy’s request to annex approximately 103 acres into city limits and to rezone that land.

New & Again Resale in Gibson City closing in March

GIBSON CITY — A consignment-based clothing resale store in downtown Gibson City is closing.

New & Again Resale announced it will be closing permanently on March 16, bringing an end to a business that has been open since April 2006.

'Draggin' Main' selected as name of Harvest Ale House's new house brew

PAXTON — Rankin resident Jeremy Motley is the winner of a $50 gift card to the Harvest Ale House — as well as bragging rights — after he won a contest sponsored by the downtown Paxton establishment giving the public a chance to name its new house brew.

New wind-farm rules could reduce scope of Apex's project, but may not kill it

GIBSON CITY — The more-restrictive setbacks and other new regulations for wind farms currently under consideration by the Ford County Board could make it “extremely difficult, if not impossible,” for Apex Clean Energy to build its proposed 250-megawatt Ford Ridge Wind Farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas, a company representative said Thursday.

Doug's Compounding Pharmacy has new owner

PAXTON — Doug Higgins recently announced the sale of Doug’s Compounding Pharmacy in Paxton to pharmacist Jenna Cowell Vogel, effective in January.

Vogel anticipates a seamless transition as Higgins will continue to work as an employee of the pharmacy, providing pharmacy support, compounding expertise, patient consultations and provider support.

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