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DANVILLE — Village Mall officials are hoping to announce new retailers coming to the indoor shopping center in the first quarter of the new year, but it's not the only property along the North Vermilion Street corridor entertaining new development opportunities as 2012 comes to a close.
VILLA GROVE — Reggie Phillips is hoping moviegoers will soon be filling theater seats again.
The new owner, who also owns Unique Homes in Charleston, has been doing repairs and renovations to the former Gemini theater building in hopes of reopening the duplex cinema in early 2013.
Janie Hoffman grew up in Danville and dreamed of California, where she is now.
Her San Diego-based Mamma Chia has that California groove to it, taking a seed from Mexico full of nutritious things and making fruity beverages out of it.
Chia is that stuff you usually see on TV: Chia Pets, Chia Elvises, etc.
Updated: 11:35 a.m. Wednesday
Power went out Wednesday morning for about 1,500 Champaign households, but it didn't stay out long.
According to Ameren Illinois' power outage map, 1,538 customers in ZIP code 61820 were without power at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN — City crews will be collecting Christmas trees and bringing them to the Landscape Recycling Center beginning Dec. 31 and continuing through Jan. 11.
Each residence is designated for two pickup days, free of charge, based on location. Residents may have their trees picked up by placing them within 4 feet from their curbs before 6 a.m. on their scheduled collection days.
It's often said that Chicago and the rest of Illinois are so dissimilar that the big city should be its own state.
You could almost say the same about Champaign-Urbana. Even on such basic data as the ratio of females to males, the two cities differ from the rest of Illinois, according to the Census Bureau's new American Community Survey.
CHAMPAIGN — It's been a long time since Champaign-Urbana experienced a big winter storm.
Last winter's greatest snowstorm, according to the Illinois State Water Survey, was just 4 inches on Jan. 13. The season's snowfall total was just 10.9 inches, plus another half-inch in the spring.
CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home, the organization housing some of the community's most vulnerable homeless folks, will repeat its winter fundraiser, One Winter Night, in which people spend a cold night outside in boxes.
But this year, One Winter Night will be held in two places, in downtown Champaign like last year, and on the University of Illinois Quad.
CHAMPAIGN — While many families spent Tuesday celebrating the Christmas holiday, some area public works departments were getting ready for snow to arrive in East Central Illinois.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Champaign, Douglas, Moultrie, Shelby and Vermilion counties from midnight to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The News-Gazette will not publish Tuesday in observance of Christmas Day.
In Monday's paper, you'll find comics, TV grids and puzzles for both Monday and Tuesday.
The customer care center in Champaign will close at 5 p.m. Monday. The customer care center and most News-Gazette departments will be closed Tuesday.
The normal publication schedule resumes Wednesday.