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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.

Panel to decide on approving outdoor cafes on Green Street

CHAMPAIGN – Outdoor cafes could soon begin appearing along Green Street in Campustown, but city officials don't want customers to be able to drink alcohol at those cafes.

The Champaign City Council will consider at its study session Tuesday night whether to allow outdoor cafes along Green Street, between Wright and Fourth streets.

Zoning board gives approval to restaurant

URBANA – Wednesday night, Terry Davis Jr. got one step closer to realizing his dream of opening a small take-out restaurant.

Davis' restaurant, tentatively named Ben's Kitchen, received unanimous approval from the Urbana Zoning Board of Appeals to occupy the space at 117 W. Washington St., U.

Burnham project won't start in '06

CHAMPAIGN – Pickus Companies of Highland Park won't begin construction this year of an 18-story apartment building at the former Burnham City Hospital site, according to a top company official.

But the company remains committed to the project and hopes to start construction on the 259-unit building by February, said Joel Pickus, a principal with Pickus Companies.

Danville arena inks deal for AIFL team

DANVILLE – For local fans, the football season may not end in January next year.

Officials from The American Indoor Football League and The David S. Palmer Arena inked a deal on Monday that will bring an indoor football team to Danville.

Farmer City residents fear loss of fairgrounds, track, park

FARMER CITY – Some Farmer City residents are beginning to fear the ramifications if the city council and the Farmer City Fair Association are unable to settle their impasse over the fate of the Farmer City fairgrounds and raceway and South Park.

The fair association leases the fairgrounds and raceway from the city, while the city leases the park from the fair association.

District hopes to buy land for new park

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Park District officials hope to close today on the purchase of 18 acres in the Boulder Ridge subdivision where a city park is planned.

The park district board voted Monday night to authorize park district Executive Director Bobbie Herakovich to buy the property from GAM Properties LLC, the developer of Boulder Ridge.

Ex-attorney gets 33-month prison term

URBANA – A former Champaign man who practiced law locally for 30 years was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for stealing several hundred thousand dollars from an Urbana-based health care plan.

Gary Sudeth, who pleaded guilty to a single count of mail fraud in January, will have to report to prison July 21. He also will have to repay Health Alliance Medical Plans $611,512.