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Champaign's newest fire truck to be in use later this month

CHAMPAIGN – City firefighters have a new toy to play with.

It's 47 feet long, weighs 68,000 pounds and can flow 2,000 gallons of water per minute.

"That's a lot of water for big fires," said Deputy Fire Chief Eric Mitchell.

Road work scheduled in southwest Champaign neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN — Construction work in the Green Meadow neighborhood bounded by Mattis Avenue, Crescent Drive, Kirby Avenue, and Sangamon Drive will begin Thursday.

Power restored in west Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Just under 700 Ameren IP customers have their power back.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said a cable failed, affecting 678 customers in the area bounded by Highland Avenue on the east, Green Street on the south, Draper Avenue on the west and University Avenue on the north.

Power has been restored to the area.

Field day offers peek at fruits of UI energy farm

URBANA – Just what is an energy farm anyway?

On Thursday morning, you can find out.

The University of Illinois will host its first official field day at its energy farm in rural south Urbana. Interested farmers, students and area residents are welcome to attend, organizers said.

Rantoul hosting vintage street rod event

RANTOUL – For years, street rods have been known as modified pre-1949 vehicles.

The newly formed American Street Rod Association wants to keep it that way and will hold its first national Vintage Weekend this month in Rantoul.

Labor Day: The meat cutter

 

 

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

Jeff Baumann always dreamed of owning his own business, and a career in meat cutting led him to fulfill that dream.

Labor Day: The locksmiths

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

When Denny Birt started working at a locksmith shop in high school, the job was manual.

Smile: You're likely on someone's camera

Although some local officials are reluctant to talk about it, it appears there are at least 2,000 video cameras in operation on public property in Champaign-Urbana.

And literally thousands more cameras will be coming online in the next few years, particularly on the University of Illinois campus.

Civil libertarians seek written policies on cameras' use

The growing use of security cameras in public places is a concern to civil libertarians, according to Esther Patt, president of the Champaign County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

MTD has hundreds of cameras on buses

URBANA – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is moving full speed ahead into the security camera age, adding hundreds of cameras on its fleet of buses and vans.