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Champaign-Urbana bar owners unite to fight smoking ban

CHAMPAIGN – Local bar owners are organizing to fight a smoking ban in Champaign-Urbana and to represent their interests on other city issues.

An organizational meeting for the CU Bar Owners Association at Memphis on Main Street, 55 E. Main St., C, attracted about 18 bar owners and representatives. About 50 liquor license holders were invited.

Area Osco stores to be converted

CHAMPAIGN – CVS Corp. plans to convert Osco stores in central Illinois to CVS stores, with new signs going up in early July and remodeling starting in late summer or early fall, a CVS spokesman said.

Osco has two stores in Champaign and one each in Urbana, Danville, Charleston and Mattoon. There's no word yet whether any of those stores might close. The Danville Osco at 904 N. Gilbert St. is only a few blocks away from a CVS store at 820 N. Vermilion St.

MTD director pleased with Danville-to-Champaign results

DANVILLE – Renee McDaniels sometimes sleeps in the last seat on the 40-minute bus ride from Danville to Champaign.

She is a regular on Danville Mass Transit's number 10 route, the latest addition to its system.

Van Wert, Ohio, poised for growth with Honda bid

Roberta Burnett and the younger of her 12 children spend a lot of time at the Brumback Library in downtown Van Wert.

"We love to go to the library. It's gorgeous inside," said Burnett, standing outside the facility with Leslie and Chelsea, her 13-year-old twins, and her son, Andrew, 9.

Obiter Research to stay in area

CHAMPAIGN – And the winner is: Champaign.

Obiter Research, which makes hard-to-obtain research chemicals, has decided to build a $4 million facility in Champaign's Apollo industrial park, rather than move to Iowa City.

Banks in area take account of customers

Customers at some banks across Illinois are being asked not to wear hats, sunglasses or hooded sweat shirts.

Judy Murdoch, vice president at University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, said that for the past year the credit union has asked members to take off hats, hoods and sunglasses so employees can more readily identify them.

Creation of foreign trade zone weighed

CHAMPAIGN – Tired of talking with Peoria and Decatur about possible inclusion in their foreign trade zones, Champaign County is considering setting up one of its own.

The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. is researching the possibility of hiring a Kansas City, Mo., law firm, Miller & Company, to help set up such a zone.

Ohio town hopes labor pool will lure Honda plant

Bill Mount and Paul Johnson meet at the Courtview Restaurant every morning for coffee. On this day, Johnson has to rush off, not to a job, but to let the dogs out.

He and Mount are longtime friends and retired from a local steel company that's closed now. Although they don't need jobs, both are rooting for Honda to put its new manufacturing plant in Washington Court House, a community that's been good to them.

Clinic, hospital might be at odds

CHAMPAIGN – When Christie Clinic opened its own cancer center this spring in downtown Champaign, nearby Provena Covenant Medical Center predicted the competition would make a substantial dent in the hospital's income.

Now, the hospital is lining up to object to another Christie Clinic expansion project: a new outpatient surgery center.

Final four cities compete for Honda plant

It's 8 a.m., overcast and raining, but inside the Courtview Restaurant on the square in Washington Court House, Ohio, the chatter is lively.

The waitress dishes out breakfast specials and plenty of hot coffee to the regulars. Some perch on swivel top stools lining the counter. Others, such as retired department store manager Wes Cox, bunch at tables with friends, talking sports, politics or the topic of the day.