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Letter from Birdland: It's starting to look like spring

In Birdland, spring seems to be settling in. For weeks now, since before that last blizzard, in fact, the bulbs in my yard have been pushing up their greenery more slowly than usual.

Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area

UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.

Piatt County election results April 9, 2013

Results from contested races in Piatt County:

√ indicates apparent winner.

Letter from Birdland: Big moon offers promise of springs to come

Good morning from Birdland! Last night, the spring moon bounced off the snow and lit up the sky like daylight in a dream. Sometimes a big moon can keep me awake, but this time it was really calling to me.

I was sleepy — yet wanted to wander out into the silvery fields and dance by the light of the moon just like a Buffalo Gal.

Letter from Birdland: Things are pointed in a different way

In Birdland I have changed my point of view. Quite literally. My mother recently gave me her father's desk, and so I have rearranged the furniture. I now sit oriented in a different direction as I write: facing north.

Letter from Birdland: Counting our chickens just got twice as difficult

I drove home carefully yesterday, slipping a couple of times. The sky was white, and only the corn stubble told where the sky meets the ground. The occasional tree line would become visible gradually, first like a pencil drawing that's been erased, then growing larger and more stark against the snow.

Winter storm watch issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from late Saturday through Monday morning.

Ford and Iroquois counties are under a separate winter storm watch from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

Snow accumulation of five to eight inches and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour are expected.

Woman dies in Piatt County crash

La PLACE — One woman died and a second was injured as a result of a two-vehicle collision in southwestern Piatt County Thursday morning.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jorden Austin, 20, died at 5:13 p.m. Thursday in the intensive care unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Letter from Birdland: Getting up close and personal with cows

In Birdland, the calendar says spring is coming soon, and on a sunny day like today, 30 degrees can seem almost balmy.

But I'm writing from campus today because this weekend is the Engineering Open House and other open houses and tours. The University of Illinois is alive with kids — from grade school on up, walking in groups between exhibits.

Piatt voters will have advisory say on rural lot size

MONTICELLO — Should Piatt County reduce the 20-acre minimum required for home-building on agricultural land? Voters will get a chance to chime in on this issue through an April 9 advisory referendum. The question was placed on the ballot by the Piatt County Board.