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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natives of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have known about the medicinal qualities of plants growing on the mountainsides of their countries for centuries.
Women comb the hills to collect the remedies and merchants sell them in open-air marketplaces.
CHAMPAIGN – It's official. The long-awaited Illini Entrepreneurship Center is finally open.
The center, housed in Suite 228 of the new EnterpriseWorks building in the University of Illinois Research Park, is designed to help entrepreneurs connect with the services they need.
SAVOY – Now that Savoy has found a new location for its village hall, officials might convert the old village hall site into a community center.
The village already owns the land on which the old village hall sits, as well as an adjacent lot, and the village board is looking at the possibility of redeveloping the entire block.
SUMNER – One of three men responsible for the brutal murders of two Mahomet teens in 1977 has died in prison.
Robert Kirkpatrick, 54, of Saybrook died Sunday (July 13, 2003) while serving a 500-year sentence for the Sept. 25, 1977, shotgun slayings of Mark A. Harris, 19, and Douglas "Scotty" Simmons, 18.
SPRINGFIELD – Despite a $1.5 billion short-term borrowing plan enacted in May to help the state pay overdue public aid reimbursements, area pharmacists are still struggling because of a delay in those checks.
"Currently the amount past due our very small business is approximately $160,000 – in addition to current billings of about $55,000," said Carl Hudson of Hudson Drug Shop in Paxton. "Needless to say, this creates a tremendous strain on our abilities to maintain a normal business environment."