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Savoy Recreation Center's new weight room a popular draw

SAVOY — The new upstairs weight room at the Savoy Recreation Center has been a popular addition, program supervisor Kollin Marquardt said.

The weight room opened last month, and it's available for both those with memberships and others on a daily-pass basis, he said.

Proponents, opponents of nursing home sale put comments on record

CHAMPAIGN — If Champaign County can't sell its financially strapped nursing home soon, the home will have to be closed, a state board was warned.

Area flu-shot clinics get underway next week

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CHAMPAIGN — About half a year after a long, severe flu season finally tapered off, health experts say it's time to get that annual shot again.

Downtown Champaign mega project covers whole nine 'Yards'

CHAMPAIGN — The name of the mega development proposed for downtown Champaign's south side: The Yards.

The price tag: a cool $200 million.

The status: At least some of the details will be shared at a joint meeting tonight of the city council and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board.

At many malls, anchors are going away

CHAMPAIGN — As a former Bergner's manager, Michael Ujcich saw firsthand some of the blunders that led to demise of the retailer and its parent company, Bon-Ton Stores.

Once a store with plentiful sales help, the Champaign Bergner's employed fewer people over the years, he recalled. The company was also late to offer an online shopping option.

UI program offering free vet care for feral cats

URBANA — Hundreds of feral cats that live outdoors and fend for themselves are going to be treated to veterinary care this fall, courtesy of the University of Illinois' shelter medicine program.

Former UI student gets 2 weeks jail, home detention in Campustown DUI

URBANA — A 25-year-old former University of Illinois student from South Korea who expressed remorse for a drunken-driving accident on Green Street last year will spend 14 days in the Champaign County Jail and then serve the rest of his 150-day sentence under electronic home detention.

C-U Public Health District offering hepatitis A vaccine

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is making free hepatitis A vaccine available to people considered to be at higher risk for infection.

The district is one of about two dozen public health departments working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to make the shots more readily available.

South Champaign clinic no longer providing abortions

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Q: Is it true that Women's Health Practice in south Champaign has stopped doing abortions?

Days after local store closed, Bergner's hinting at a comeback

CHAMPAIGN — Less than a week after Bergner's thanked its loyal shoppers and staff on Facebook for a great final summer, its website is hinting the retailer is poised for a comeback.

What that might mean for the now-shuttered 154,000-square-foot Bergner's space at Market Place Shopping Center — and all the other Bergner's locations that closed with it on Aug. 29 — is hard to say.