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Champaign cat policies on agenda

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart says he's tired of stray cats strutting through his and other Champaign neighborhoods.

So are plenty of his constituents, he says.

Job-hunting help will be offered at open house

CHAMPAIGN – Whether you're looking for a job or not, you might pick up helpful information at the Illinois Employment & Training Center's open house on Wednesday.

The center, at 1307 N. Mattis Ave., C, has scheduled a full day of activities to help people find a job and to explain what kinds of assistance the center can give.

Shelter project gets boost

CHAMPAIGN – Tough economic times temporarily sidelined plans to expand the Center for Women in Transition, but a new $50,000 grant has the project back on track.

The transitional housing program for homeless women originally hoped to complete a new residential and educational center in early 2002, but groundbreaking was postponed until last fall when costs ran higher than expected.

Local office develops defense technologies

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign office of Science Applications International Corp. works on projects ranging from radar modeling to 3-D visualization to remote sensing.

The office, at 1901 S. First St. in the University of Illinois Research Park, employs 67 people and has a direct payroll of about $10 million, said Dennis Andersh, vice president and operations manager for SAIC/Demaco.

Summer: Extra time to succeed

CHAMPAIGN – Shannon Gardner, Emmanuel Lynch and hundreds of other Champaign high school students are spending time this summer keeping their graduation records on track.

School officials in Champaign and Urbana say summer is an opportunity to take their mission a step farther, give floundering students a second chance, give at-risk students some advantages, introduce young students to expectations at new schools and give extra attention to all students who need it.

Woman picks right time to be Urbana watchmaker's apprentice

URBANA – Stephanie Frankhauser never thought of herself as unorthodox. She's a mom with a husband and three kids she home-schools, plus a part-time weekend job.

It's not that she needed to find something to fill her time.

Insurance costs ground Frasca school

URBANA – Until this month, there had been a flight school at Frasca Field for decades.

No longer. Frasca Air Services discontinued its flight instruction and mechanics service at the private airfield north of Urbana on June 30. Airport manager Tom Frasca said he had little choice because he couldn't get the liability insurance he felt he needed.

Study notes area lacks open spaces

URBANA – Illinois ranks sixth of seven Midwestern states in terms of percentage of state-owned recreation lands, and last on a per-capita basis.

Of five regions in Illinois, East Central Illinois ranks last in the percentage of green space available within the total land area.

Carter's expanding in Urbana

URBANA – Carter's Furniture will be putting extra space to work at its Urbana store with some new merchandise intended to appeal to younger and more budget-conscious shoppers.

Starting this fall, Carter's will add a selection of moderately priced furniture in a separate division called "Furniture Direct" at the 410 N. Vine St. store.

Meth law to protect children

SPRINGFIELD – Methamphetamine production is a mushrooming problem in rural Illinois, and some children are dangerously caught in the middle.

A parent who manufactures methamphetamine in the home deals with dangerous caustic chemicals, and the process is volatile, often leading to explosions. Fumes from the cooking process can be inhaled by children, exposing them to the drug – a powerful stimulant.