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Downtown Danville seeks vendors for Back to School Bash

DANVILLE – Downtown Danville Inc. is looking for participants for its Back to School Bash from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 in downtown Danville.

The event welcomes booths with family-friendly activities for free or a small fee, those that offer educational information or giveaways and those that sell goods and services.


32nd bluegrass jam set Sunday at Lincoln Log Cabin historic site

LERNA – The 32nd annual Bluegrass Jam Session will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.

A 19th-century photographer and a blacksmith will be featured at the site on Saturday and Sunday. All of the events are free and open to the public.


Furniture, food draw folks to Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale

ARTHUR – Homemade Amish furniture, walking tacos and family fun are just a few of the features offered at the 47th annual Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale.

The event runs Aug. 22-23 at the Otto Center just south of Arthur.


WILL's digital radio service on the air

URBANA – WILL has launched its digital radio service after several months of testing a new digital broadcast transmitter at its FM tower near Monticello.

The new FM 90.9 digital service provides three streams of content: FM 90.9 HD1, a simulcast of the FM music service; and FM 90.9 HD2 and HD3, which both carry the news and information service broadcast on AM 580.


Rossville's Labor Day sale in need of vendors

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Community Organization is seeking vendors for its annual Labor Day Street Sale from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 in downtown Rossville.

Hours for the event are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Labor Day.


Despite protests, bar owner pushing ahead with OTB plans

CHAMPAIGN – Carlos Nieto said he intends to push ahead with plans to open an off-track betting parlor at Jupiter's at the Crossing, despite neighbors' complaints to the Champaign City Council.

Nieto wouldn't project an opening date for the OTB Wednesday morning, but said "the sooner, the better." He said he hosted a meeting for residents of southwest Champaign on Sunday night, with 40 or 50 in attendance.


Group wants to move Sidney Summer Fun Daze to park

SIDNEY – The village's annual summer festival may get a new home.

Sidney Summer Fun Daze, which is organized by the Sidney Improvement Group, has been held downtown for the last five years. Sidney Improvement Group member Keith Kropp approached the village board Monday to ask about the possibility of moving the event to Witt Park, which is in the northwest corner of the village.


Woman has given 30 years to area talent show, its participants

CHAMPAIGN – Unlike "American Idol," the Champaign-Urbana Days Fashion and Talent Show is never about winning, says organizer Linda Turnbull.

"The show is about expressing yourself and getting better. When kids first come, they're nervous. Every year they get better."


Mahomet-Seymour, Western grad begins Peace Corps journey

Sitting on an Air France plane July 9, preparing to fly overseas for the first time in her life, Mary Scott yelled over the voices of 47 fellow Peace Corps volunteers traveling to Africa.

"I just graduated from college, and nothing is holding me back," said Scott, a Mahomet-Seymour High School graduate before going to Western Illinois University. "I love the idea of foreign travel, of foreign countries and of foreign languages."


Champaign psychiatrist to teach fall class at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Dr. David Kopacz, a Champaign-based psychiatrist, will teach an introductory Energy Healing Class this fall at Parkland College. HCS 136 will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

The course will combine academic and experiential learning for the purpose of personal growth. Energy Healing is a process of increasing self-awareness to better understand yourself and how you distort reality through your defenses. Human beings are made up of many different mind-body-spirit levels which the class will examine. Other topics will be how people change, the defense system, intuition, and how growth is a function of personal responsibility. The course does not lead to certification in energy healing.