Investigation into dead horses found on farm continuing

CHARLESTON – Coles County Sheriff's detectives found 14 dead horses on a farm on the southwest edge of Charleston on Wednesday.

The investigation, prompted by a neighbor's complaint of a horrible odor, found the dead horses in varying stages of decomposition, plus some live horses that appeared emaciated, said Coles County Sheriff's Lt. Tad Freezeland.

Five years later, settlement over fish kill possible

Five years after an ammonia discharge into the Salt Fork killed about 100,000 fish, a half-million dollar settlement is near.

The governmental agencies and entities involved in the settlement are reviewing a consent decree and are expected to sign the document, which will eventually be made public.

Piatt County zoning board backs corn plant

MONTICELLO – The Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to recommend the county board approve an application for a special-use permit for a proposed grain-processing plant near White Heath.

The zoning board tacked on seven conditions, though the county board can alter the suggestions as it sees fit. The permit would allow the corn mill to be built in agricultural zoning.

Tiny wasps from China may help protect farmers' soybeans

URBANA – Tiny wasps from China may soon help farmers protect soybeans in their fields by turning aphids that feed on them into mummies.

Illinois Natural History Survey entomologist Dave Voegtlin, an aphid specialist, and his graduate student, Doris Lagos, grow the wasps, which are about 1.5 millimeters long – 17 of them end to end would be an inch long – in containers in a laboratory at the National Soybean Research Laboratory.

Camp teaches children the importance of recycling

CHAMPAIGN – The garbage monster visited the Orpheum Children's Science Museum on Monday.

He left bits of himself all over the place, strewn pieces of paper and debris on the floor, as children searched the museum finding clues to his whereabouts. Who is this elusive trash-thrower?

Firm to study projected water use in area

An Indiana consulting firm will conduct a study on water resources and needs projected for central Illinois for the next four decades.

Wittman Hydro Planning Associates of Bloomington, Ind., was selected by the East Central Illinois Regional Water Supply Planning Committee to study the 15-county area of the Mahomet Aquifer.

North Fork Conservation Club promoting wildlife

When the North Fork Conservation Club was formed in 1961, meetings were held at Hoopeston's Universalist Church.

Annual dues were $5.

Collectors bring pieces of history to fair

PENFIELD – Glenn Miller's 1955 Farmall 300 pulling a 1948 McCormick reaper cut a five-foot swath through a wheat field Friday with dozens of spectators watching.

Miller, a 76-year-old Seymour farmer, had heart surgery seven weeks ago, but said he was determined to recover in time to bring his antique equipment to Historic Farm Days, a show that continues through Sunday at Penfield, headquarters of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

Danville begins crackdown on illegal dumping

DANVILLE – With nearly 13,000 tons of waste collected in the city each year, the trash can pile up quick.

Unfortunately, some trash has been piling up along isolated streets, in parks, down ravines and in some secluded spots courtesy of illegal dumping.

Effort to collect electronics for recycling sees good turnout

DANVILLE – Deb Martin expected that a recycling collection held over the weekend, would draw a fair number of people eager to dispose of their old computers, televisions and other electronics in an environmentally friendly way.

But she didn't expect to see cars and trucks filling the parking lot of the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. building and spilling into Voorhees Street when the event began at 9 a.m. Friday.