Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell

Biggby Coffee franchisee closes location in Market Place Mall

CHAMPAIGN — Biggby Coffee, a regional chain that serves coffee, specialty drinks, smoothies, baked goods and other products, has closed its location at Market Place Mall in Champaign.

Owner Jim Goetz posted a message of thanks on Facebook to his customers who have visited the mall location over the last seven years.

Champaign County zoning board OKs plan for solar farm near Homer

URBANA — The same company that built a solar farm on former President Jimmy Carter's farm in Plains, Ga., wants to build one east of Homer.

Representatives from Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy LLC appeared before the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night to seek a special-use permit for a 2-megawatt solar farm, to be called the Champaign Sinclair Farm.

Clergy Corner, Feb. 1, 2019

For many years, the Rev. DEBORAH OWEN served as an intentional interim minister. Whenever a church had a sudden opening at the top, she'd fill in.

Over 16 years, churchgoers heard her preach in Bement, Monticello, Paxton, Hoopeston, Danville, Westville, Urbana and Lockport.

No one hurt in semitrailer crash on I-74 near Champaign-Urbana line

URBANA — All lanes of Interstate 74 westbound have been reopened after an accident involving a semitrailer truck Thursday evening near the Champaign-Urbana line.

Illinois State Police Sgt. J. Tom Lillard said the crash happened about 9 p.m. at mile marker 182.5, about halfway between the Neil Street and Lincoln Avenue exits, and was a result of ice on the road.

Ringo Starr bringing world tour to State Farm Center on Aug. 20

CHAMPAIGN — A former member of The Beatles will be appearing in concert with his band this summer at State Farm Center.

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band announced Monday that the Champaign will be among the stops on its 2019 tour.

The State Farm Center show is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 8, with prices ranging from $54 to $149.

Clergy Corner, Jan. 25, 2019

Note: Thursday's event has been postponed due to cold weather. There's no information on a make-up date.


When the Republic of Turkey was established in 1923, there were about 120,000 members of the Greek Orthodox faith living in that country.

Champaign County Board OKs 1,600-acre solar farm southeast of Sidney

URBANA — How big will the solar farm planned to the east of Sidney be once built?

You could put 18 Disneylands (85 acres each) on the 1,609-acre property and still have 79 acres left to play with.

"This is such a large-scale solar farm," said county board member Jodi Eisenmann. "It is larger than any other in Illinois right now."

UPDATE: No one hurt in fire at north Champaign mobile home

CHAMPAIGN — Investigators were still on the scene of a mobile-home fire Thursday night in north Champaign, trying to determine its cause.

Nobody was reported injured, but four people who lived in the home were displaced.

Indian Cultural Society sets 'Taste of India' event Jan. 26 in Savoy

SAVOY — An area organization is planning an event that features a variety of food from India.

The Indian Cultural Society of Urbana-Champaign is organizing "Taste of India" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive.

Society President Kirankumar Topudurti said admission to the event is free.

'We are all in this together': Mount Olive gathers for prayer, praise

CHAMPAIGN — With their own house of worship off-limits, members of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist gathered Wednesday at a neighboring church for a night of prayer and praise.