Ford County businesses

Market Street Grill here to provide ‘a great experience and a great meal’

PAXTON — As general manager of the newly opened Market Street Grill in downtown Paxton, Ryan Galey takes a lot of pride in providing excellent food and service to his clientele, with the goal that doing so will bring people back again and again. Having spent the bulk of his adult life working in food service management, the 53-year-old Galey […]

Paxton Progress chosen as name of community-planning group

PAXTON — Paxton Progress is the new name of the community-planning group participating in the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs’ MAPPING the Future of Your Community program. Via online voting that concluded Wednesday, Nov. 8, the group selected its name from among four finalists, with Paxton Progress receiving 45 percent of the vote compared with 30 percent for Progress in […]

Group’s ‘dream’ for Burwell Building progresses as fundraising continues, grants sought

GIBSON CITY — Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce included an update on the 140-year-old Burwell Building owned by the Gibson City Restoration Association, which is raising funds to complete a six-figure renovation of the historical two-story structure downtown and plans to turn its first floor into a business incubator for local startups and its second […]

Free wi-fi goes live in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — Free public wi-fi is now available throughout a four-block area of downtown Paxton. The nonprofit group Paxton Main Street — which secured a nearly $30,000 grant from T-Mobile through its Hometown Grant program earlier this year to help fund the downtown wi-fi project — announced in a Facebook post Friday, Oct. 27, that the wi-fi network had gone […]

Star Gymnastics relocates to downtown Paxton

PAXTON — On a pleasantly cool Wednesday night in downtown Paxton, Christine Morgan decided to leave the front door open to Star Gymnastics, allowing some fresh air into the small first-floor storefront at 106 S. Market St. that she and business partner Chandler Marshall have converted into a makeshift gym. The modest space was bustling that night as Star Gymnastics’ […]

Going to see Gina Miles? We’ve got your questions answered …

The Cadillac co-owner Alan Meyer sat down Monday morning for a brief Q&A with Ford County Chronicle Publisher Will Brumleve, during which they discussed topics related to Gina Miles’ upcoming concerts at Meyer’s newly opened warehouse-style music venue at 108 W. State St. in downtown Paxton, including … How big of a crowd is expected for each show? Meyer said […]

When worlds collide: Gina Miles coming to The Cadillac

PAXTON — Alan Meyer can’t help but smile these days. Not only is Meyer living his dream of hosting concerts in downtown Paxton as co-owner of The Cadillac — a newly opened live music and entertainment venue at 108 W. State St. — but the longtime Paxton resident is also seeing the dreams of family friends fulfilled — most notably, […]

Downtown Paxton wi-fi project nearing completion

PAXTON — The installation of public wi-fi throughout a four-block area of downtown Paxton is nearing completion. The nonprofit group Paxton Main Street secured a nearly $30,000 grant from T-Mobile through its Hometown Grant program earlier this year to help fund the downtown wi-fi project, which was publicly announced during a live broadcast from the downtown as part of WCIA […]

Even in retirement, Bill Jarboe staying busy this harvest — his 54th

In fall 1971, when Bill Jarboe was 20 years old and barely a year removed from marrying his wife, Mary, and earning his associate’s degree in ag business from Parkland College in Champaign, the 1968 Mahomet-Seymour High School graduate worked his first harvest for Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co. It would be nowhere near his last. Fifty-two years later, the 72-year-old […]

At 81, Carl Hudson Jr. still working at Paxton pharmacy: ‘It’s part of your life’

PAXTON — Carl Hudson Jr.’s path to becoming a pharmacist — and not a rocket scientist — was laid during his junior year of high school, when he and his friend Jim Fratia decided to experiment with mixing rocket fuel in the Hudson family’s newly remodeled kitchen. The experiment did not go so well. Several decades later, the memory still […]

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