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.

Name change honors bank’s founding family

PAXTON — Later this year, the First National Bank in Paxton will merge with its sister bank in Cissna Park to become The Frederick Community Bank.

The merger will mean both the First National Bank in Paxton and Cissna Park State Bank will be under one name.

New permit for wind farm near Sibley sought


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.

Three redevelopment agreements approved by Paxton aldermen

PAXTON — During a 45-minute meeting last Tuesday, members of the Paxton City Council’s economic development committee heard details of three redevelopment agreements for properties in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district.

The committee also discussed ongoing frustrations over the existing equalized assessed values of properties both inside and outside the TIF district.

Gibson Area Chamber seeks nominations for annual awards

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Junior Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Gibson City Council approves facade grant


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved a $5,000 façade grant to MCS Office Technologies during a short meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

'Ugliest building' in Paxton set to be become 'prettiest'

PAXTON — The brick building at the northeast corner of State and Taft streets in Paxton is getting a makeover, and its owners want the city’s help.

Inside the old building at 145 W. State St. is a beef-jerky manufacturing operation — one that has been seeing quite an uptick in business in recent months.

But outside, the building has seen better days.

Dow AgroSciences to close Gibson City research station

GIBSON CITY — Dow AgroSciences LLC plans to close its research station south of Gibson City by year’s end, a company official said Thursday.

The facility, located at 454 E. Ford County Road 300 North, was acquired by Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., from Dairyland Seed Company Inc. in 2008.

TIF attorney: 'We still have an assessment problem'

PAXTON — Unless the Ford County supervisor of assessments decides to raise properties’ assessed values to better reflect what they are actually worth, the city of Paxton could end up having trouble reimbursing landowners for improvements they have made to their properties in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district, an attorney warned the city council last month.

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