Accolade closes Paxton nursing home, buys another

PAXTON — Accolade Healthcare has shut down one of its nursing homes in Paxton but purchased another, making the company the sole provider of long-term care in the Ford County seat.

Accolade Healthcare owner Moe Freedman said his firm closed Accolade Healthcare of Paxton, located at 1240 N. Market St., effective Nov. 1.

Peggy Sue's opens in Buckley

BUCKLEY — Whether they are attending a Sunday service at St. John’s Lutheran Church or at a Buckley Village Board meeting, Peggy Shockley and Sue Stachura are constantly being asked when their diner/bakery will finally open.

And finally, those inquiring minds have their answer.

Elite Sport & Fitness hosts grand-opening event

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital’s Elite Sport & Fitness held its grand opening Thursday in its new location at 619 E. First St. in Gibson City. 

Attendees toured the completely revamped facility, which was previously an Alco discount retail store. After the store closed, the building had been sitting vacant in recent years.

Attorney general sues Paxton B&B that discriminated against gay couple

PAXTON — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton that failed to comply with an order issued by the Illinois Human Rights Commission, which determined the B&B discriminated against a couple based on their sexual orientation.

Developer seeks extension of special-use permit for wind farm

GIBSON CITY — The developers of a proposed wind farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas in western Ford County are seeking to extend a special-use permit for the project that is due to expire next month.

IMH, Riverside exploring merger

KANKAKEE — Officials with Kankakee-based Riverside Healthcare and Watseka-based Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) have each signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore merging IMH into Riverside Healthcare.

The letter of intent gives both organizations the chance to work confidentially to explore the possible merger.

EIEC's Zalaker retires after 34 years of service

PAXTON — Mike Zalaker retired on Sept. 28 from his position as Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s vice president of procurement and physical resources.

Zalaker had served in that role since 2012 and, prior to that, served 15 years as manager of physical resources for Paxton-based EIEC. Zalaker began his career with EIEC as a vehicle service technician in September 1984.

Old Paxton building finally renovated, ready for business

PAXTON — It has been quite some time since the historic building at 125 N. Market St. in downtown Paxton occupied a business.

“I have a lot of pictures of the first day I walked in here. It was very dark. There was no electricity in this building for a long time,” said rural Paxton resident Corey Tavenner, who bought the nearly-120-year building in June 2017.

Tolley hired as Paxton Area Chamber director

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Ashley Tolley as its new executive director.

Tolley replaces Madison Duden, who recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University and accepted a job at Busey Bank.

Tolley is a 2004 graduate of Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City. She is married to Landon Tolley and has two children — Morgan, 8, and Warren, 3.

Howard Curry wins prize in club's weekly drawing

GIBSON CITY — Howard Curry won a fall yard gear package — including a rake, pruner, gloves and scoops — donated by Alliance Grain in Gibson City through the Gibson City Rotary Club’s weekly drawing on Sept. 12 as part of the club’s 2018 calendar fundraiser.

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