Monticello Farmer's Market's fresh products drawing crowds

MONTICELLO – Community members are lining up in front of the Sager Farms booth to purchase fresh peaches, blueberries and blackberries at the Farmers' Market in Monticello each week.

Other visitors stop to buy a homemade pie or big chocolate chip cookie. Fresh flower bouquets are for sale, and fresh vegetables from squash to tomatoes to eggplant are stacked on tables ready for purchase. The Farmers' Market in Monticello each Thursday is a popular place to stop in after work or to spend a summer afternoon.

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.

Plenty to see and plenty for free in East Central Illinois

With the cost of gas, airfare, food and everything else going north, many Americans are staying put and spending less on entertainment.

That doesn't mean, though, that you have to park yourself in front of a television set. There are plenty of things to do for free in East Central Illinois, among them concerts that would carry a pretty hefty ticket fee in most cities.

Champaign photographer's railroad tower images on display

With their creaky stairs, coal-fired furnaces and windows open to the elements, railroad towers offered few of the comforts of home.

Sometimes they didn't even have running water.

Sushi Kame serves up Japanese cuisine with tasty variety, elegance

CHAMPAIGN – The Kame part of the Sushi Kame Japanese restaurant means "turtle," and that's about the only thing that is not on the menu.

Located where another Japanese restaurant went in and out of business – on West Church east of a Thai restaurant – Sushi Kame is more elegant than its predecessor.