Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell

Champaign County Board approves zoning changes for solar farms

URBANA — Multiple solar farms are on their way to Champaign County.

On Thursday night, the Champaign County Board voted 19-3 to amend the county zoning ordinance to allow photovoltaic solar farms on certain agricultural properties.

Photovoltaic solar energy is produced by cells that generate electricity when struck by light.

Clergy Corner, Aug. 24, 2018

The first time Andre Tinsley set foot inside the Men's SAFE House in September 2017, his life was at a crossroads.

It was September 2017, and "alcohol had taken control over my life," Tinsley says. "I had been alienated from my family, and I didn't know what to do."

Eleven months later, the Champaign man is about to graduate from the SAFE House and return to society.

Weekend Top 10, Aug. 24, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Singing for a cause

LANCO aka Lancaster and Co., an American country music band, is the featured attraction at tonight's Summer Bash, Andrae's Harley-Davidson's fundraiser for MDA. Park at the Champaign County Fairgrounds for a free bus ride to and from Andrae's.

Champaign police investigating shooting north of downtown

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating a shooting Thursday night on the city's north side.

Officers were called to the 700 block of North Hickory Street shortly after 9 p.m. to respond to a report of a shooting there.

No arrests had been reported as of 10 p.m. Thursday. Information was not yet available as to whether anybody was injured.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Zarco leads Central Maroons on pitch

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tip-Off Tournament

Oakwood 2, Clifton Central 0. In a battle of the Comets, Oakwood trounced Clifton Central 25-13, 25-18.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2, Clifton Central 0. The Panthers swept the Comets, 25-16, 25-6.

Nominees selected to fill out three vacancies on Champaign County Board

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Board is on its way to getting three new members.

On Tuesday, precinct committee members in District 10 proposed offering the seat vacated by Robert King, who moved out of state, to Tanisha King-Taylor, who defeated the other District 10 representative, Chris Stohr, in the Democratic primary.

Clergy Corner, Aug. 17, 2018

For 35 years, the Revs. THOMAS NEUFER EMSWILER, 77, and SHARON NEUFER EMSWILER, 74, shared careers, serving as United Methodist ministers in Kansas and Illinois. They retired in July 2003 from Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation at the UI, where they were co-pastors of the church and co-directors of the campus ministry.

Weekend Top 10, Aug. 17, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

A reunion 130 years in the making

Organizers of Cissna Park's Old Settlers Reunion are marking the 130th celebration by bringing in country party band Dixie Crush for an 8 p.m. concert Saturday on the outdoor stage at the village park.

Parkland College Foundation's annual gala set Sept. 13

CHAMPAIGN — "Creating Impact" has been selected as the theme for the Parkland College Foundation's 21st annual community gala celebration.

The event is planned for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the student union in Champaign.

Proceeds from the gala will go to scholarships at Parkland.

Muslim American Society plans presentation on Islamic beliefs, practices

CHAMPAIGN — The Muslim American Society of Urbana Champaign is planning an event to help area residents better understand the major beliefs and practices of Islam.

"Know Your Muslim Neighbor: Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Abraham" will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Robeson Pavilion Room of the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.