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Ogden latest community to lift burn ban

OGDEN — The village has lifted its burn ban.

The village board voted to place the ban in early August because of the extreme heat and dry conditions in the area.

Now that there has been some rain and cooler temperatures, the village has decided to lift the ban.

Danville, Atwood and Douglas County also have recently lifted their burn bans.


Storm debris cleanup to begin at 5 a.m. Saturday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Public works crews on Saturday will be cleaning up brush and fallen limbs on major roads left behind from an Aug. 9 storm.

The department has received a noise ordinance waiver to start extra early, according to a press release. Work will begin at 5 a.m., and the early start will allow crews to work while traffic volumes are low.


Danville lifts its burning ban

DANVILLE — The city of Danville is no longer under a burning ban.

"We have received a sufficient amount of rain that has helped eliminate some of the fears we had with dry grass," said Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason, who announced the ban was lifted at 7 a.m. Friday.


Rain returns, brings C-U area its wettest day of 2012

CHAMPAIGN — When the heavens opened over Champaign-Urbana on Thursday afternoon, it marked only the third time the community has received 1 or more inches of rain this year.

Illinois climatologist Jim Angel said the area received 1.82 inches on Thursday, by far the highest amount received this year.


Thursday's rainfall sets record for 2012

CHAMPAIGN — When the heavens opened over Champaign-Urbana on Thursday afternoon, it marked only the third time the community has received one or more inches of rain this year.

Illinois climatologist Jim Angel said the area received 1.82 inches on Thursday, by far the highest amount received this year.


Champaign cleanup of Aug. 9 storm to last through end of month

CHAMPAIGN — A week after a short but powerful storm hit central Champaign, public-works crews are still working overtime hours to clean up, and they will probably be at it through the end of the month.


Homeless man who touched many hearts dies after fall

CHAMPAIGN — Eight months ago, Vern Chounard walked into the first home he could call his own after a longtime life on the streets, but he died a homeless man Monday night.

But he didn't need a home to touch a lot of hearts.


UI ag economist: Soybean, corn prices may stay high

URBANA — Corn and soybean prices could remain high for "an extended period," a University of Illinois agricultural economist said following the Agriculture Department's release of new crop estimates.

The department on Friday cut its estimate of the U.S. corn crop by 17 percent and the U.S. soybean crop by 12 percent.


Champaign public works to pick up limbs that fell on private property

CHAMPAIGN — The city of Champaign has reversed its earlier stance about not picking up tree debris that fell on private property as a result of Thursday's storm, and said it will begin picking it up Monday.


Fisher also banning open fires

FISHER — The village board voted this week to ban any open burning in town at least until Sept. 13, the next regular meeting. Extreme drought here and elsewhere is responsible for many towns taking similar measures.