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It's Your Business: Sports medicine practice for dogs available

Does your dog need help recovering from an injury or surgery, or just a good workout routine to help lose weight or cope better with the effects of arthritis and other ailments?

Veterinarian Steve Jacobs says he can help. Jacobs, of Savoy, has combined his two fields – veterinary medicine and physical therapy – into a new sports medicine practice exclusively for dogs.

New student trustee eager to tackle issues

CHAMPAIGN – When talking about his new role at the University of Illinois, Nate Allen flashes a smile that makes you think he just won the latest Powerball lottery.

The 21-year-old urban planning major is now the student trustee on the UI Board of Trustees, replacing Keely Stewart.

UI summer attendance increasing for varied reasons

   CHAMPAIGN ? Shawna Barbee, 19, has her sights set on a January 2005 accounting intership with a large company such as Ernst & Young or Price Waterhouse.

Yasar Mohammed, 21, is working toward his certified public accounting exam more than a year away.

Both are using summer-session classes at the University of Illinois to launch them toward their goals, and they aren't alone.

UI workers adjusting after rounds of layoffs

URBANA – When Keith and Katie Kintner came to Champaign-Urbana more than two years ago, they were looking to trade in the traffic jams, long commutes and smog of Los Angeles for a better quality of life.

The two planned to look for a house to buy this year. Instead, Keith Kintner is looking for a new job.

Two injured in explosion from Rantoul

CHAMPAIGN– Both victims of Wednesday's explosion at the Interstate Research Park in Champaign were Rantoul residents.

Larry Jean, 25, of Rantoul, and James Naylor of Rantoul remained in the regional burn unit Saturday at Memorial Medical Center, 800 N. Rutledge St., Springfield, where they were listed in critical condition.

Soldier's mother continues support

American soldiers are getting shot at almost on a daily basis in Iraq, so Ava Tomson wants to know why there's so little about that in the media, and why people have taken down their flags.

"It's not over. It will not be over until they are all home," said Tomson, whose son, Army Spc. Lucas Starcevich, 22, is serving in Iraq in Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit. The Unity and Parkland graduate is with the 46th Chemical Co.

Galleria rising to serve southwest

CHAMPAIGN – Windsor Galleria, a new shopping center under construction on Windsor Road near Galen Drive, will open in the fall with a restaurant, a wine shop and a dry cleaner.

And that's just for starters. The 22,000-square-foot center has six more spaces available, one of which may be taken by a bakery and coffee shop, developer George Shapland said.

County vacation buyback grows

URBANA – The cost of Champaign County government's vacation buyback program is growing substantially.

The June payment to county employees of $139,005 represented a nearly 40 percent increase compared to a year ago. The payout for employees cashing in unused vacation and leave time was so large that it depleted the buyback line item in the county's budget, forcing the board to approve a $27,000 budget amendment this past week.

Helping on the home front

CHAMPAIGN – Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn says making donations to a relief fund established to help people serving in the military and their families is a great way to show patriotism.

"If you want to do something specific to help the troops and their families, please consider sending a donation to the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund," Quinn said. "All donations are tax deductible, and every penny goes to the families of Illinois National Guard members and reservists who have been called to active duty."

Tilling field of history

PENFIELD – Every tractor at Historic Farm Days has its story, and the century-old Hart-Parr Number 3's tale is lengthy and well-documented.

By contrast, the 1904 Hart-Parr tractor that followed it in a parade Friday at Penfield show headquarters has belonged to the same Indiana family for its entire 99-year life, much of which was spent in a hedgerow until family members pulled it out of the underbrush 40 years ago and worked on it until it ran again.