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Last of area Sears stores vacating East Central Illinois

DANVILLE — Like its bulky catalogs that made postal workers wince, the Sears that shoppers have come to know will soon be a distant memory in East Central Illinois.

The beleaguered retail company confirmed Thursday it will close its Danville and Decatur locations in late December — less than a year after shutting down its Champaign store.

313 bushels an acre in local field — and that might not win national corn yield competition

URBANA — A Champaign County farming team competing in a national corn yield contest has gotten 313 bushels an acre from a portion of one of their fields.

"If any field could do it, this was gonna be the one," said Kris Ehler, a seed salesman for Ehler Brothers Co. who supplied seed for the father-and-son team of Bob and Jason Lakey.

Danville Sears store to close

DANVILLE -- The Sears store that helps anchor the Village Mall in Danville will close in early December, according to the retailer’s corporate officials.

Until then, the Sears store and Sears Auto Center will remain open for customers and begin a liquidation sale on Sept. 26.

Stewart named to First Busey board

CHAMPAIGN — Jon D. Stewart, the chief executive officer of Champaign-based Tri Star Marketing, has been named to the board of directors of First Busey Corp., the bank holding company reported in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

Slowdown leads to job cuts at Frasca International

URBANA — Frasca International has trimmed about 14 positions in the last month, largely as a result of a slowdown in orders, company President John Frasca said.

The Urbana-based company, which still employs more than 180, makes flight simulators used to teach pilots how to fly single-engine aircraft, commercial aircraft, passenger airplanes, military training aircraft and helicopters.

Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones.

Business listings, Sept. 14, 2014

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

Design Decisions, 1717 S. Philo Road, U, by Lawanda Moore, 1704 W. Church St., C.

Greater Than Gates, 807 Hawthorne Drive, U, by Deon Cavett, same address.

Painted Sawdust Designs, 1211 S. Anderson St., U, by Dylan Cantrell, same address.

It's Your Business: Sears Hometown opens at Market View

Three months ago, Humberto Alessandrini said he hoped to have his new Sears Hometown store in Champaign up and running about Sept. 1 — and he came pretty close.

The store at the west end of Market View Shopping Center opened Thursday, offering home appliances, tools, lawn and garden equipment, mattresses and fitness equipment.