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Horizon Hobby acquires company

CHAMPAIGN – Horizon Hobby Inc. has acquired a leading maker of model train products, California-based Athearn Trains.

Steve Goodreau, a spokesman for Champaign-based Horizon Hobby, said the move won't affect employment or existing facilities for either Horizon or Athearn.


Central Illinois Bank's parent announces losses for 2003

CHAMPAIGN – It's tough times for CIB Marine Bancshares, the parent company of Central Illinois Bank.

The Pewaukee, Wis.-based company sent a letter to shareholders Friday announcing its president's retirement, a loss for the year 2003 and the likelihood that banking regulators will restrict more of its operations.


Delta releases fares for new Willard flights

CHAMPAIGN – Passengers can fly from Champaign-Urbana to Cincinnati and back for $156, under introductory rates announced Monday by Delta Air Lines.

The airline plans to offer three Delta Connection flights a day between Champaign-Urbana and Cincinnati beginning May 14.


5 face charges for having methamphetamine parts

URBANA – Champaign police arrested five people Sunday for possession of methamphetamine components after security staff at two discount stores called officers about suspected drug activity.

All were charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court with unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing chemicals, a Class 2 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.


Savoy park funds not part of governor's proposed cuts

SAVOY– While Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proposed pulling the plug on $30 million of funding for the purchase of land for new parks, money for a new park in Savoy hasn't been affected.

Last week, the governor proposed a one-year "holiday" on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' open lands program, which provides money to preserve open lands and pay for new parks and playgrounds.


Delta will start offering local service on May 14

CHAMPAIGN – Passengers traveling from Willard Airport will have a new alternative May 14. That's the date Delta Air Lines has chosen to launch Delta Connection service between Champaign-Urbana and Cincinnati.

Delta announced today it will offer three Delta Connection flights daily between Willard Airport in Savoy and Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.


It's Your Business: Chinese restaurant locating next to Schnucks

The vacant restaurant space next to the Schnucks grocery on North Mattis Avenue in Champaign will soon house a new Chinese restaurant.

The restaurant, to be called Four Seasons House, is taking over the space vacated by the former Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe. The new restaurant is set to open about April 1, said Dean Tsui, a spokesman for the owners.


'Passion' drawing interest

Elisabeth Boever has seen what all the fuss is about, and she said it is worth the hype.

She saw a special screening of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" in January during a national conference for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.


Franklin player's shot nets national attention

CHAMPAIGN – Franklin Middle School's state championship team – and the shot that won the game – focused national media attention on the Champaign school.

Over the weekend, ESPN aired film of Verdell Jones III's 80-foot shot that nailed the basket as the final buzzer rang, winning the game at Stanford in the second overtime by one point. The sports network named it the No. 1 play of the day.


Declaration of Independence tour making UI stop

URBANA – Printed in 1776, lost for two centuries, found in a flea market, a rare first copy of the Declaration of Independence comes to town March 9.

Christy Salcido, the communications director of Declare Yourself, a nonpartisan group that seeks to encourage young voters, said the document, one of 200 printed on July 4, 1776, is one of only 25 to survive.