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Monticello bridge reopens after repairs for fire damage

MONTICELLO — The bridge that connected walkers and bicyclists on both sides of the Sangamon River has reopened.

The walk/bike trail that connects Monticello with subdivisions to the west had been closed since a May 23 fire damaged the trestle/bridge. Six youths later told Piatt County sheriff's police they accidentally ignited the trestle with a stray mortar-style firework.

Village to give Tolono Park District $200,000 from tax-increment district

TOLONO — The park district is getting a boost from the village to develop the new East Side Park.

Village board trustees have signed off on an agreement to give the park district $208,693.39 from its tax increment financing district revenues.

Urbana park board OKs expenses to keep pool on track

URBANA — Moving quickly to expedite construction of an outdoor aquatic center, the Urbana park board Wednesday approved two expenditures at a special meeting.

Factory Art Studios: 'Great incubator' for the arts

SULLIVAN — The A B Seals factory is cranked up for a Saturday night, with dozens of artists, two live bands, drinks and food, pumpkin carving, tattoos, Harley-Davidsons and just a lot of people milling about.

There's a real factory on the lower level: A B Seals, a custom job shop for all types of porous castings in aluminum, cast iron, zinc and brass.

Business roundup: Manager chosen for Stone Creek course

URBANA — Northbrook-based KemperSports has been chosen by The Atkins Group to manage Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana.

KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events.

Danville shifts agreement with Harrison Park manager

DANVILLE - The city is changing its agreement with the Harrison Park Golf Course management, shifting a portion of the manager's compensation from the parks and public property budget to the golf course budget.

Park district petitions available for 2013 election

Candidate petitions for seats on the Champaign and Urbana park district boards are now available.

Park board elections will be April 9, the same day that municipal and school board elections are held in Illinois.

Owners: Disputes delaying work to fix Eagle Creek resort

FINDLAY — The owners of the long-shuttered Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville said Monday night that they still intend to reopen the business, perhaps as early as 2014.

New coordinator aims to rebuild Allerton volunteer ranks

MONTICELLO — A few years ago, Mindy Brand said, the number of volunteers at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center was "too many to count."

Brand, who took over as volunteer coordinator last month, says she is now in charge of only six. That doesn't count the Allerton Allies (25 volunteers) and hunter volunteers (30 total), who are under the charge of others and still going strong.

Urbana council cuts some items on Boneyard project

URBANA — City council members on Monday agreed to scale back the proposed upgrades to the Boneyard Creek area in downtown Urbana, but not before holding on to a couple features they couldn't bear to lose.