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Meg Makes: Banana bread that doesn't destroy new diets

I know for many people, a new year is all about trying to make healthier eating choices.

But I can't be the only person who goes through baked-goods withdrawal come January.


Opt-out deadline for Paxton aggregation Thursday

PAXTON — Residents and small businesses have until Thursday to opt out of Paxton's electric-aggregation program.

Those who do not opt out will be automatically enrolled.


The Starting Line: Two who met the resolution challenge

Call it a birthday resolution.

When Tony Hillen turned 29 shortly before Christmas 2011, he resolved he would not be overweight when he hit 30. He weighed 295 pounds, and he set a goal of losing 100 pounds during the next year.

When he weighed in a couple of weeks ago, as he was about to turn 30, he'd lost more than 115 pounds.

Time for a new goal.


July 4th fireworks to go back to UI

CHAMPAIGN — This year's Independence Day fireworks will be back at the University of Illinois, and the 5K race and parade will be moved up two hours to avoid the heat, the new president of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration Committee said Monday.


Second-chance 'store': UI's property surplus warehouse

URBANA — You're a creative director on campus and you need props for a project, but your budget is essentially zilch.

What do you do? "Shop" at the University of Illinois property surplus warehouse, of course.


Danville storm-sewer project is nearing completion

DANVILLE — Next spring, contractors will finish road work in the Lake Boulevard area in north Danville, capping off a storm-sewer project that was started this fall in hopes of halting flooding in the residential area between North Vermilion Street and Lake Vermilion north of Boiling Springs Road.


Eagle found near Sadorus rehabilitating broken wing in Decatur

By The Associated Press and The News-Gazette

DECATUR — A rare golden eagle found in a rural Sadorus field with a broken wing has been undergoing rehabilitation at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur.

The 8-pound bird, now named Midas, was found Oct. 25.


One of 'Little Rock Nine' to deliver speech

CHAMPAIGN — A member of the "Little Rock Nine" will deliver the keynote speech at the 2013 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration.

The 12th annual event will be begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. The event is free and open to the public.


Old Paxton jail facing demolition again

PAXTON — A year and a half after being named one of Illinois' 10 most endangered historic places, the 141-year-old former jail and sheriff's residence on the courthouse square in Paxton may be doomed again.


No local creditors among largest claims against THQ

CHAMPAIGN — The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings by video game studio Volition Inc. and its parent company, THQ Inc., show dozens of local creditors — but none among THQ's 40 largest unsecured claims.