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It's your business: Twin City Honda-BMW expanding in Savoy

Twin City Honda-BMW in Savoy plans to double its service department space to better accommodate its growing customer base, said Ron Bowen, the dealership's general manager.

Work on the expansion has already started. Concrete is being poured for more customer and employee parking space, because a new service building will take up part of the existing lot, he said.

County costs rely on sales tax even more

URBANA – Champaign County government's reliance on the public safety quarter-cent sales tax to pay for everyday operations of county government – and not just new construction projects – is growing.

The proposed fiscal 2004 county budget shows the county spending $608,900 in public safety sales tax funds to pay for electric and utility costs of public safety county buildings. That's at least double what was being spent on operations just two years ago.

Sore issue for some physicians

CHAMPAIGN – When Dr. Ruth Craddock resigned from Christie Clinic nearly three years ago, she was faced with two choices if she wanted to continue practicing medicine.

She could have moved out of the community and started a new practice somewhere else.

Today's lesson: Eating right

Between food that is good for children and food they will actually eat, there is a golden mean that challenges school lunch programs.

With soft drinks and candy bars in school hallways to enhance revenue for extracurriculars, competition from fast-food joints and convenience stores and budget cutbacks to contend with, cafeterias have to be both public health missionaries and successful businesses. Otherwise they risk contributing to a calorie oversupply that results in obesity for one-third of American children.

Fire safety begins with prevention

Residential fires can obviously kill, but even when families escape without any injuries, lives are disrupted and property destroyed.

Since January 2002, there have been more than 500 building fires with $4.4 million in damage in Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

UI provost up for Florida job

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two senior administrators at the University of Illinois are candidates for the presidency of the University of Florida.

Richard Herman, provost of the UI's Urbana campus, and Sylvia Manning, chancellor of the Chicago campus, will interview early this week for the top job at Florida. The university is searching for a president to succeed Charles Young, who has led it since November 1999.

Get hammered by a banana?

When Ringo Ko uses a banana to drive a nail into a board, the children at Martin Luther King elementary school in Urbana ooh, then ahh, then applaud as if Ringo had pulled an elephant from a top hat.

But this isn't magic.

Officials warn motorists: Beware of deer

URBANA – Laura Elam of rural Rantoul was driving home on some back roads north of Urbana late Thursday night when some deer ran across the road in front of her car.

"There were five of them," Elam said. "They were just coming across the road. It was either hit one or swerve and maybe flip my car. I really didn't have time to do anything. It was pretty scary."

Alcohol's havoc is tamer

URBANA – A police officer responsible for enforcing local liquor ordinances believes there are fewer serious problems these days due to alcohol.

Champaign police Sgt. Scott Friedlein, who has been in charge of the city's alcohol enforcement since 1995, told participants at a daylong seminar Friday on alcohol and other drug issues that there some successes to celebrate, but things that are working have to be continued and expanded.

Utilities warn of high bills for heat

CHAMPAIGN – Central Illinois consumers should brace for higher natural gas prices – and possibly an earlier-than-usual start to higher monthly bills with the winter heating season arriving weeks ahead of the Great Pumpkin.

With the recent cold snap, many furnaces are already on. But it's not too late to make homes more energy-efficient, take steps to conserve on natural gas usage and enroll in monthly budget billing programs offered by the local utilities, say officials of Illinois Power Co. and Ameren Corp.