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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – Even as its test scores have improved more than at any time in its brief history, Champaign's Stratton Elementary is the only school in East Central Illinois to appear on the State Board of Education's watch list.
The school, which opened in 1998, is one of nearly 600 schools in the state to appear on that list, and state officials say that means districts where the named schools are located must give students a chance to switch to better performing schools in the district.
URBANA – A new kind of radiation therapy that gives cancer patients a better chance of survival and reduces side effects is now being offered at both Urbana hospitals.
Carle Foundation Hospital and Provena Covenant Medical Center have both added "Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy," which improves cure rates by delivering more powerful, precisely-targeted doses of radiation to a tumor while sparing the healthy tissue around it.
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.