Business

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.


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.


'Dog tag' promotion at Casey's to benefit Hope for the Warriors

ANKENY, Iowa — During November, Casey’s General Store is hosting its annual “Dog Tag” promotion to raise funds and awareness for Hope for the Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.


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.


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