Miscellaneous

SBA offers help to residents affected by severe storms, flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illinois businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and  flooding from Feb. 14 through March 4 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced.


License allowing video-gambling machines OK'd by Buckley trustees

BUCKLEY — Buckley Village Board members voted 5-0 Monday night, with Trustee Keith Hartke absent, to issue a Type A liquor license to Rajir Ghotra for the Buckley Store to allow video-gambling machines there.


Bluefish Cafe going mobile

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


ELLIOTT — Regular diners might have noticed that the Bluefish Cafe in Elliott has been closed much of the last couple weeks. They might have also heard rumors that the longtime Elliott gathering spot is going out of business.

Not so, according to owner Angie Rouley.


Kietzman to serve another year as Paxton Area Chamber president

PAXTON — Cody Kietzman of the First National Bank in Paxton was re-elected president of the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors during the organization’s annual meeting on April 16.


Market Street Tap opens in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — Market Street Tap — a bar with a casual atmosphere and featuring a pool table, dart board, five video poker machines and a number of Illinois beers on tap — has opened next to The Humble Hog restaurant in downtown Paxton.


Gibson Area Chamber hands out annual awards

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Rob Schmitt, chief executive officer of Gibson Area Hospital, was named Gibson City’s 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce during the chamber’s annual awards dinner Thursday night at the Kruse Center in Gibson City.


Paxton airport's sale hung up over closed landfill's sale

PAXTON — It has been more than a year since the Paxton City Council agreed in principle to sell the city-owned airport to a private party.

Yet, despite months of discussions behind closed doors, the city and the prospective buyer, Atlantic Ag Aviation Inc. — a firm owned by David Hrupsa of Roper, N.C. — are no closer to finalizing a deal.


Moratorium on new wind farms extended

PAXTON — The Ford County Board on Monday night extended its moratorium on the permitting of any new wind farms indefinitely.

The 120-day moratorium that was approved in October was set to expire soon. At the insistence of board member Tim Nuss of rural Roberts, the ban will not be lifted until the board approves a revised ordinance regulating wind farms.


New permit for wind farm near Sibley sought

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — About a decade since it was initially proposed, ground has yet to be broken on the proposed Ford Ridge Wind Farm near Sibley.

Yet despite the slow development, the company behind the project is hopeful to begin construction soon, with the wind farm being fully operational in just a few years.


Ford County’s oldest commercial building being renovated

PAXTON — With their 11-foot ceilings and 8-foot windows overlooking downtown Paxton, the apartments on the second floor of Remembrance Hall should go quickly once they are ready for occupancy, Royce Baier expects.


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