Christie chief says clinic's plans to move still up in the air

CHAMPAIGN – Will they move or will they stay?

Nonprofit group's director wants Paxton, Gibson City to team up

PAXTON – The new leader of a nonprofit group dedicated to improving Ford County's economy thinks Paxton and Gibson City could easily compete with their Champaign County neighbor, Rantoul, to attract new businesses and economic growth if they work toward one common goal.

Diane Johnson, in her new part-time position as executive director of the Community Economic Development Foundation, said she hopes to strengthen working relationships between Paxton and Gibson City. She thinks it's in the best interest of both cities when new business or industry comes to either town.

Paxton Record weekly newspaper's Web site debuts

PAXTON – After 143 years of the Paxton Record being printed exclusively on paper, it is now available on your computer screen.

The Paxton Record has launched its Web site at It will serve as the "community Web site," said Tim Evans, general manager of the News-Gazette Community Newspapers Division.

Mahomet residents now have new place to nosh

MAHOMET – JT Walker's Restaurant and Sports Bar on Main Street in Mahomet is now open.

The staff at JT Walker's will include about 40 employees. Executive Chef Mark Bradford's experience includes running the Little Bear saloon and restaurant in Evergreen, Colo. He also was the youngest executive chef for the Denver Press Club from 2005 to 2006.

Alliance Grain official pleased with 2007 results

GIBSON CITY – Joe Thompson told Alliance Grain shareholders that his first year as general manager was "full of both challenges and rewards."

Approximately 275 people attended the cooperative's annual meeting held Tuesday evening at Gibson City's North Park.

Ethanol plant in Gibson City ahead of schedule

GIBSON CITY – Work is moving along ahead of schedule on the ethanol plant being built here, according to its chief executive officer.

Tolono board continues liquor law discussions

TOLONO – Village officials would like to see fewer problems with businesses in town that sell liquor. Though they don't yet agree on the best way to do that, they're working on it.

The village board on Tuesday held the second in a series of special meetings to update the village's liquor ordinance. The 19-page ordinance was last reviewed about 25 years ago.

Radio-controlled-model enthusiasts to have new playground

MONTICELLO – When Mike Sieniarecki and the Monticello Model Makers lost their flying field in 2006, the future of the club appeared destined for obscurity.

With no airspace for their radio-controlled models, the nearly 20-member group quickly began to disband.

Grain companies plan merger

LUDLOW – The Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co. and Danforth-Gilman Grain Co., Danforth, will officially combine operations on Friday, and operate as Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co., according to a press release issued Monday.

"Both companies have served their area farmers/owners' grain handling needs for more than 100 years, and we look forward to building on our historical success as we work together to build an even more successful future," said Bruce Bastert, general manager, in the release.

Suit filed over controversial dirt bike track in Villa Grove

VILLA GROVE – The owners of a controversial dirt bike track in Villa Grove are taking their fight to have the property rezoned to court.

Nichelle and Brad Drew have filed a lawsuit in Douglas County court that claims Villa Grove city officials acted beyond their legal authority in refusing to allow a zoning amendment.