Consumers urged to watch for fraud

Consumers might want to monitor their checking accounts a bit more closely and be wary of cashing certain checks in light of several warnings issued about a Web site which allows people to create their own checks.

At the Web site,, registered participants can create and issue checks for a fee. But the Web site, which is owned by Neovi Data Corporation, does not investigate or verify any of the transactions, warned the Federal Deposit and local police.

It's your business: Culver's plans south Champaign restaurant

Culver's restaurant is taking its ButterBurgers south, and opening a second location in Champaign at 2300 S. Neil St.

The owners, Gary Satterlee and son-in-law Troy Vodacek, hope to have the new place – going up just north of Arby's – opened by December or early January.

It's your business: Music studio opens in Mahomet

There's new music on Mahomet's Main Street.

Harmony Road Music Studio at 417 E. Main St. has opened, and is offering classes for both kids and adults.

Cable-franchise expert to speak at meeting

CHAMPAIGN – A nationally recognized expert on cable franchise negotiations will speak Saturday to the Champaign-Urbana Cable TV and Telecommunications Commission.

The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St. It is open to the public.

It's your business: Maggie's Place opens next month

Four years ago, Diane Beckett's sister opened a home decor and gift shop in Shorewood and named it after a deceased friend. Now the two sisters are getting ready to open a second shop in Champaign under the same name: Maggie's Place.

The shop will open in early October at Round Barn Center, 503 S. Mattis Ave., Beckett said.