CORRECTION: Country Gardens is not for sale

The Country Gardens Restaurant by Interstate 57 on Paxton’s west side is not for sale, its owner said.

Mareci's Bakery set to open in upcoming days

PAXTON — When Dawn Long and Shannon Wurmnest were growing up, the two sisters spent a lot of their time baking in the kitchen with their mother, Judy Mareci, or with other relatives.

So it’s only fitting that Long and her younger sister are back to doing just that — and with their mother, too.

Grand opening for Coffee & Friends slated for Oct. 9

PAXTON — The grand opening of Coffee & Friends, a bakery and coffee shop on downtown Paxton’s north side, is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.

Former France Broom property sold for $125,000

PAXTON — Gifted to the city two years ago, the former France Broom Co. property on Railroad Avenue has been sold.

The city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) attorney, Dan Schuering, told the city council last Tuesday that a contract for the sale of the property was signed earlier that day.

Commercial, retail developments a top priority in Paxton

PAXTON — If the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district is to become a success, drawing travelers off of Interstate 57 to spend money in town will undoubtedly be a necessity.

Grant OK'd for painting of Railside clubhouse

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members Monday night unanimously approved a grant to Railside Area Golf LLC, the business name for a group of investors who earlier this year purchased Railside Golf Club on the city’s north side.

Aldermen approved reimbursing the group $2,350, which represents half the cost of scraping and painting the exterior of the clubhouse.

B&B takes discrimination case to Illinois Supreme Court

CHICAGO — A Christian bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the Illinois Human Rights Commission’s finding that the B&B discriminated against a same-sex couple six years ago, along with the $80,000 in penalties the commission imposed against it.

Home-brewed beer sampling now allowed at special events in Paxton

PAXTON — People who make home-brewed beer can now provide samples of their tasty creations during special events held in Paxton.

The council voted 8-0 Tuesday to approve an ordinance establishing a “homebrewer special event license.”

Food pantry, Elite Performance to move into shuttered Alco store

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services has purchased the long-shuttered Alco store on Gibson City’s east side and plans to relocate its local Elite Performance facility to the site, along with the Gibson Area Food Pantry.

Rob Schmitt, chief executive officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, said the purchase of the store occurred several months ago.

Hotel to open soon in Paxton

PAXTON — The 41-room hotel under construction on Paxton’s west side is expected to open to the public on Friday, Sept. 8, and it’s easy to see the excitement in Mayor Bill Ingold.

“I’m super excited,” Ingold said. “This is going to be a big deal.”

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