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Classic Events Catering opens banquet center at former Kennedy's

URBANA — A banquet center operated by a longtime local catering business has filled the void left by Kennedy's restaurant at Stone Creek.

Classic Events Catering has opened the Stone Creek Events Center at 2560 S. Stone Creek Blvd., U, and is using it to host special events, such as weddings, receptions, corporate luncheons and anniversary parties.

On a power trip: C-U residents switch electricity suppliers

The cities of Champaign and Urbana will be flipping the switch on most of their residents this month as they move them over to two new electricity suppliers: Integrys Energy in Champaign and Homefield Energy in Urbana.

Urbana man leads effort to aid Kenya

RANTOUL — When Carl Burkybile first traveled to Kenya some 15 years ago, he expected to enter the "WABAC machine" to be taken to a different era. But he was surprised how "way back" it was.

"It was definitely a step back in time," Burkybile said. "I expected it to be, but not to the extent it was. Most people where we go don't have electricity or indoor plumbing."

Expert: Give trees a good soaking to save them from stress

CHAMPAIGN — Forget about your lawn, says Jay Hayek, just water your trees.

Fundraiser July 13 for group aiding adults with disabilities

CHAMPAIGN — An organization that provides financial help to improve the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities, or what used to be known as mental retardation, is seeking the local community's support.

If temperature cracks 100 again, it'll be a rare feat in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — Temperatures reached triple digits in Champaign-Urbana on Friday for a third consecutive day — a feat that hasn't been achieved here since 1936.

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel said the thermometer topped off at 103 degrees at 2:59 p.m. Friday.

Outdoor film screening postponed

CHAMPAIGN — Due to the extreme heat, The News-Gazette Film Series in the Park screening scheduled for Saturday, July 7, has been postponed to July 21.

The movie was to be "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," with the Reels and Wheels Auto Show preceding it.

Provena farm ready to harvest corn for the poor

CHAMPAIGN — When your family income is so meager you can't put enough food on the table, an ear of fresh-boiled sweet corn for dinner can be a mighty rare treat.

"People see sweet corn and get so excited, you can just imagine. Our underserved population doesn't have access to that," said Julie Melton, spokeswoman for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Teens help build Habitat house as part of summer course

CHAMPAIGN — It's one thing to build a house and be able to walk by for years, knowing you helped put it there.

But when it's a house for a good cause, that feeling is magnified.

Local high school students in a summer construction program are not only learning skills that might be useful for future careers, but they're also building a house with Habitat for Humanity.

Temperature forecast to hit 104 before Sunday relief

CHAMPAIGN — Central Illinois' heat wave continued Thursday as the thermometer rose to 102 degrees at 2:43 p.m., tying a record for July 5 that was set back in 1936.

Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel said the twin cities already have reached triple digits four times this year (June 28-29 and July 4-5).