New wind-farm rules could reduce scope of Apex's project, but may not kill it

GIBSON CITY — The more-restrictive setbacks and other new regulations for wind farms currently under consideration by the Ford County Board could make it “extremely difficult, if not impossible,” for Apex Clean Energy to build its proposed 250-megawatt Ford Ridge Wind Farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas, a company representative said Thursday.

Sibley raising a stink about proposed swine facility

PAXTON — Like some village trustees in Sibley, some members of the Ford County Board are concerned about the possibility that a strong odor of hog manure could invade the town if a proposed swine facility is built too close to village limits.

Doug's Compounding Pharmacy has new owner

PAXTON — Doug Higgins recently announced the sale of Doug’s Compounding Pharmacy in Paxton to pharmacist Jenna Cowell Vogel, effective in January.

Vogel anticipates a seamless transition as Higgins will continue to work as an employee of the pharmacy, providing pharmacy support, compounding expertise, patient consultations and provider support.

Tin Cup Restaurant & Bar to open at Lakeview Country Club

BAYLES LAKE — Lakeview Country Club announced that the Tin Cup Restaurant & Bar will soon be opening in its clubhouse.

The restaurant and bar will be operated by Peggy Burton, who co-owned the former Tin Pan restaurant in downtown Paxton. The Tin Cup Restaurant & Bar replaces Sage’s, which closed last year.

Major expansion in works at Gibson Area Hospital


GIBSON CITY — In two years, Gibson Area Hospital should look much different.

Engelbrecht joins staff of Onarga Clinic

ONARGA — Certified family nurse practitioner Crickett Engelbrecht has joined the staff at Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Onarga Clinic.

Engelbrecht joins the clinic’s staff of Dr. Benjamin Brewer, Dr. Doug Lanoue and family nurse practitioner Sue Gray. Engelbrecht will see patients from pediatrics to geriatrics, including walk-ins.

Harvest Ale House asking public to name its new house brew

PAXTON — The Harvest Ale House in downtown Paxton is offering the public a chance to name its new house brew, and suggestions have already come pouring in.

The bar-and-grill announced the contest on its Facebook page last week after owner Ben Grice decided to create a house brew with the assistance of Main Street Brewing Co. of Belleville.

Board sides with rural residents in approving more restrictive setback for wind turbines

PAXTON — The Ford County Board made clear Thursday that its No. 1 priority in establishing new rules for wind farms is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its citizens — and not to ensure that more wind farms are built.

New rules eyed to address wind turbines' noise, shadow flicker

PAXTON — Ford County Board members spent two hours Thursday debating how to protect rural residents living around wind farms from nuisances that can be caused by wind turbines, such as low-frequency noise and shadow flicker.

Opponents, supporters of proposed Sibley hog facility speak out


SIBLEY — Opponents and supporters of a proposed 5,600-head swine facility under consideration by the Illinois Department of Agriculture packed the Sullivant Town Hall in Sibley Thursday night to hear details about the project and to voice their opinions.

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