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.

Prairie Material re-opens rural Paxton mine

PAXTON — Prairie Material, a provider of building materials in Illinois, has re-opened its sand and gravel mine near Paxton after it had been closed for three years.

After slowing economic activity and imports from out-of-state sources greatly reduced Prairie Material’s customer base in the area, large-scale production at the site was halted in 2014.

Downtown Paxton building renovated with a historical touch

PAXTON — The 19th Century building at 119 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton has a newly repainted facade, a new front door and new windows, and a beautified interior featuring a new drop ceiling, new cabinetry and new lighting.

Senator recognized for supporting state's business climate

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, recently received the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

To receive the award, a legislator’s voting record on measures the chamber deems important to the state’s business community must be 85 percent or better over the previous two Illinois General Assemblies.

Fitness/wellness center targeted for Oct. 1 opening

GIBSON CITY — Come October, clients of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Elite Performance facility in Gibson City will have more space — and more things to do — during their one-on-one workouts with personal trainers.

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