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Sculpture showcase

DANVILLE – David Wiegand finds himself getting down to the wire on the "Touching Leaves" International Sculpture Show and Sale, which opens Saturday in downtown Danville.

Wiegand, owner of Sculptureworks, works with the artists to place their work in public libraries and shows across America.

Blast in Iraq injured soldier from Mattoon

MATTOON – An Iraqi explosive blew off his fingers and tore a hole in his shoulder, but Mattoon native Todd Rauch remains optimistic, his grandfather says.

Spc. Rauch, 20 years old and assigned to the 527th Military Police Company, was wounded early Aug. 21 while serving in Baghdad.

Yen Ching restaurant closes doors

URBANA – Yen Ching restaurant in Urbana is no more, as developers James Burch and Paul Tatman have acquired the property at the northeast corner of Five Points intersection and plan to clear it soon for redevelopment.

But Wenxiu Lin, the owner of Yen Ching, has signed a lease to open a new Chinese restaurant at the south entrance of Lincoln Square Mall. The 120-seat restaurant, to be called Tang Dynasty, should be open by mid-November or early December in vacant space just opposite Art Mart.

Champaign bar serving second week of suspension

CHAMPAIGN – Kam's, a popular Campustown tavern, is closed for business through this Monday, as the business serves the second week of a two-week suspension ordered this summer by Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart.

"I've said binge drinking won't be tolerated," said Schweighart, who said the suspension resulted from the bar's sponsoring happy hour drinking games last spring.

Seniors' site takes tax break

RANTOUL – A Rantoul retirement community is taking advantage of a little-used part of the Illinois tax code to avoid paying property taxes.

As a result, Rantoul's assessed valuation will drop by about $616,000, so all other property owners in Rantoul will eventually pay higher property taxes to make up what Prairie Village will no longer pay.

Marine dies after car crash

DANVILLE – Marine Cpl. Adam Wagner survived the invasion of Iraq, where he distinguished himself as much for his gentleness as for his heroism, only to die from a car crash just a couple of months after coming home.

Cpl. Wagner, 21, was pronounced dead Monday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana from injuries he received Saturday night in the accident.

Low-income families will benefit from laws

SPRINGFIELD – As Labor Day approaches, two new state laws will make life a little easier for the lowest-income working families in Illinois.

"Americans honor work, yet too often, we fail to reward it," said Jerry Stermer, president of Voices For Illinois Children.

Urbana OKs later alcohol sales

URBANA – As expected, the Urbana City Council followed the lead of the city of Champaign and extended allowing alcohol sales from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The vote was unanimous.

But the council even upped the ante a bit, allowing bars to stay open until 3 a.m., a half-hour later than Champaign permitted.

Air traffic controllers against privatization

SPRINGFIELD – Air traffic controllers from across the region gathered at Capital Airport to protest the possible privatization of their jobs at the Springfield airport, Willard Airport in Savoy and other similarly sized airports across the country.

Controllers said on Monday that the safety of the public will be put at risk by a White House initiative to contract out the service traditionally operated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ready for school to start

CHAMPAIGN – Gwen Toren spent last week getting her South Side School classroom ready for 23 students, who report on Wednesday to begin mastering fifth-grade skills.

Toren taught at Stratton School for three years before she moved to South Side for the upcoming school year. She was one of about 20 teachers at Stratton assigned to new schools after a reshuffling that affected all Champaign schools.