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Pampered Chef chief: Family still comes first

ADDISON – Doris Christopher was a stay-at-home mom raising two daughters when she began selling kitchen tools from the basement of her home.

Now she works from an executive office in the brand-new, 780,000-square-foot corporate

A classic comeback in Homer

HOMER – For more than a century, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows hall on Homer's Main Street housed a variety of stores until the building fell into disrepair.

Transplanted New Englanders Ray and Christine Cunningham looked past the rot and ruin and saw a treasure – a piece of local history worth preserving for their adopted hometown.

Bagels forever, at least for now

MATTOON – A new infusion of cash could keep Mattoon's bagel plant running three shifts a day while another Lender's plant stays dark.

Aurora Foods, the parent company of Lender's Bagels, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year after reporting a net loss of $483.2 million.

New state wastewater fee impacts cities, villages

Tuscola City Administrator Drew Hoel thought he had a balanced budget this year until the state sent him an unexpected bill in late June.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency billed the city $15,500 for a permit to discharge wastewater into the state's waterways.

Fuel cell company comes to C-U

CHAMPAIGN – Two Canadians in search of a new technology found one they liked at the University of Illinois, so they're starting a fuel-cell company in Champaign.

Neil Huff and David McCloud, both former Ballard Power Systems executives, leased space for the new business, Renew Power, this week at UI's EnterpriseWorks facility.

Flag returns to fire department

CHAMPAIGN – The flag, and the Marines, have been to Iraq and back.

Cpl. Scott Clarkson, son of Steve Clarkson, a deputy chief in the Champaign Fire Department, brought back a signed flag given to his Marine reserve unit by the "Fighting First," the first shift at the main fire station, and presented it during a brief ceremony at the main Champaign Fire Department on Friday.

Teachers file intent to strike

URBANA – Teachers on Friday voted to file their intention to strike when school begins, meeting legal requirements to give the Urbana district 10 days warning.

Teachers must hold a second vote to authorize an actual strike.

This conference is for the birders

The West Nile virus has been bad for birds, but golf courses may actually be good for them.

Those are among the wide range of bird-related topics being discussed this week at the University of Illinois by nearly 500 scientists from around the world, at the 121st Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union.

SBC brings DSL to villages

DANVILLE – Marc Blakeman, SBC vice president for external affairs, says SBC will soon bring Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet service to rural Vermilion County.

Catlin, Georgetown, Westville and Oakwood should all have access to the high-speed Internet connections by the end of 2004.

Officials identify sky diver killed

RANTOUL – Rantoul Police Chief Paul Dollins and Champaign County Deputy Coroner Duane Northrup on Thursday afternoon identified the victim of Wednesday's sky-diving crash as Frank Ludvik, 59, of Ypsilanti, Mich.

Mr. Ludvik died after his primary parachute malfunctioned during a solo sky dive Wednesday evening at the World Free Fall Convention.