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Dateline: Pesotum, 1966.
"Oil Strike Believed to be Producer" read a headline in The News-Gazette. A few months later: "S. Champaign, N. Douglas County Oil Boom Predicted."
Well, Champaign is no Houston. The boom never came.
But the prospectors are back.
CHAMPAIGN – With more than half its patients driving in from outside Champaign-Urbana these days, Christie Clinic thinks some land off the junction of two interstates might be a handy spot to build a new clinic.
In fact, Christie Clinic is already working with a local developer, the Atkins Group, on a study that could lead to a new clinic being built right off the I-74/I-57 interchange in the far northwest corner of Champaign, according to the clinic's Chief Executive Alan Gleghorn.
CHAMPAIGN – For six years, Seon Williams has been cutting hair at The Whip Hair Designs. Two other stylists work with him at the barbershop on North Fourth Street.
But he might not have gotten the business going without help from the Community Collaboration for Economic Development.
Bar Louie, which got its start in Chicago in 1991, will open its 16th location next month, in Champaign's Campustown.
The opening is set for Jan. 10 at 510 E. John St.
RANTOUL – Conair Corporation and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are finalizing a settlement agreement related to the company's alleged violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.
The Illinois attorney general's office, for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, filed a complaint against Conair in June. Conair manufacturers health and beauty aid products in its plant at 205 Shelhouse Drive, Rantoul.
Cold Stone Creamery, a national chain of premium ice cream shops, will open a location in Campustown next year.
It will be built at 505 E. Green St., and the opening is set for next spring.
CHAMPAIGN – Curley Lee says lessons he learned as a point guard for the San Diego Clippers helped him become a better car salesman.
Lee, who took over the Ford dealership in Champaign in August 2004, previously operated Courtesy Ford-Lincoln-Mercury in Danville for six years.
So you're at a crowded cafe and call Ticketmaster on your cellphone to order some concert tickets.
You pull out your wallet and read off your credit card numbers to the operator over the phone.
Bad idea. The person sitting behind you could jot down those numbers, then head to the mall for a shopping spree, courtesy of your good credit.
More than 100 years ago, vineyards and wineries dotted the Illinois landscape, from the driftless northwest to the sunny hills of southern Illinois. Back then, the state ranked among the country's top producers of wine.
But Prohibition changed all that. The number of wineries and vineyards dwindled, and production eventually shifted to states like California.
County Market in southeast Urbana has a whole new look and some new products to go along with it.
The store at 1819 S. Philo Road has undergone a $2.5 million remodeling both inside and outside, and customers will find some new products in the deli – ready-made, home-cooking style entrees that can be taken home and heated up for dinner, said Jerry Kettler, spokesman for the store's owner, Quincy-based Niemann Foods.