Walgreens to collect unused medications

CHAMPAIGN — Area Walgreens drugstores will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

Unused or expired medications can be brought to stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 841 Bloomington Road, C, and 1801 S. Philo Road, U.

Among other Walgreens locations participating are those in Mahomet, Rantoul, Danville, Monticello, Mattoon and Charleston.

Hazardous waste dropoff in Champaign; drug dropoff in Tuscola

Area residents can turn in unused or unwanted prescription drugs in Tuscola and hazardous household waste in Champaign at separate events this Saturday.

Urbana council gives first OK for software for tree inventory

URBANA — Not selling its “Tree City USA” designation short, the city of Urbana likely will share the cost of taking a detailed inventory of its prized tree stock to get a better handle on its “urban forest.”

Electronics-collection event to be held Saturday

DANVILLE — A free electronics-collection event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Advantage Recycling, 14 S. Henning Road, Danville.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Vermilion County Health Department, Mervis Industries and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful.

Pirate Fest 2012


University of Illinois students celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day by attending  Pirate Fest, hosted by University Housing, on Ikenberry Quad in Champaign on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. 

Fall leaf pickup scheduled

Fall leaf collection in Urbana and Champaign will begin the week of Oct. 15, and in Danville on Oct. 1

Danville's program includes both leaf and brush collection, and probably will continue until about early December, said operations manager Bob Scott.

Ogden opposes sale of water to coal mine near Homer

HOMER — An Ogden village trustee presented the Homer Village Board with a letter stating Ogden's opposition to Homer's selling water to a proposed coal mine.

The letter, delivered by Ogden Trustee Sonja Vickers, cites water supply and environmental factors among the village's concerns.

Scientists finish relocating mussels to area rivers

OAKWOOD — The late afternoon sun breaks through the broad-leafed canopy of a large sycamore tree on the bank of the Salt Fork, penetrating the river's clear, swift-moving water and illuminating thousands of peanut-sized snail shells dotting the rocky river bottom Thursday.

Two of the horn snails cling to the empty shell of a large mussel sitting on the bottom.

Attorney general cites Thomasboro tire recycler

THOMASBORO — A Champaign County tire recycling company has been cited by the Illinois attorney general's office for leaving thousands of tires out in the open.

UI scientists moving mussels from Pennsylvania to area rivers

URBANA — When you're a mussel and you absolutely positively have to get from the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania to a holding tank at the University of Illinois as soon as possible, call research scientists Kevin Cummings and Jeremy Tiemann with the Illinois Natural History Survey.

"We're like the mussel FedEx people," said Cummings.