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.

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.

Parking spaces designated for use by to-be-opened dental clinic

PAXTON — Despite concerns about the appearance of favoring one business over another, the Paxton City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to designate five parking spaces downtown for use exclusively by clients of a yet-to-be-opened dental clinic.

Quick appointed to EIEC's board of directors

PAXTON — The board of directors of Paxton-based Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative (EIEC) has appointed Lauri Quick as its newest board member.

Quick will serve as a director for District 9, a position that became vacant after the death of Jay Hageman, a long-time EIEC director.

Rankin pub's hours extended by village board

RANKIN — The Rankin Village Board last week approved allowing Rankin Rangers Pub and Grub to extend its hours of operation on Sundays.

The bar-and-grill will now be able to open at noon — one hour earlier than it had been — and remain open until midnight — one hour later than it had been.

Wind-farm developers: 'We will go elsewhere' if rules too restrictive

PAXTON — The developers of three proposed wind farms in Ford County warned the county board Tuesday that they may not be able to proceed with construction under even the least restrictive of proposed regulations being considered by the board.

Bijoux Hair Boutique opens in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — At first glance, it might not look like a new beauty salon is open in the long-vacant building at 125 N. Market St.

“I think when people first look, they’re like, ‘Is that really open yet? I can’t quite tell,’” said the salon’s co-owner, Dawn Stack, admitting that the building appears to still be under construction from the outside.

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