Downtown Black Dog taking shape

On Tuesday, online editor Mike Howie took this photo of workers tending to the roof of Black Dog, a popular restaurant which is expanding from its current operation in Urbana.

Earlier, we asked co-owner Mike Cochran when it would open.

"I'm ballparking here, but we'd like to be open by the middle of February," Cochran said at the time.

Leaders make cities' cases for area Realtors

Staff writer DON DODSON was at the Champaign County Association of Realtors meeting Tuesday as the mayors of Champaign, Urbana and St. Joseph and the Mahomet village president all made presentations. Here's three big points each of these leaders made:


Tallgrasses, ultrahigh yields to take center stage

URBANA — Visitors to this year's University of Illinois Agronomy Day can hear about crop research ranging from expanded uses for tallgrasses to factors that lead to ultrahigh yields on corn and soybeans.

Radio station WWHP sold; format to change

FARMER CITY — Farmer City's WWHP radio station has been sold to Smash Hit Media, Inc. for $475,000.

"Lonesome" Larry Williams, the DJ and owner of the station since 1996, said shareholders were given a fair offer from Smash Hit Media, which had been leasing the station, and the group decided the time was right to sell.

It's Your Business: Ye Olde Donut Shoppe is back


CHAMPAIGN — Folks who visit the Taste of Champaign-Urbana festival next weekend are likely to see a time-honored local brand they haven’t seen in years: Ye Olde Donut Shoppe.

Mandatory mediation on tap for foreclosure process

URBANA — “What we have here is failure to communicate,” the warden says to a prisoner played by Paul Newman in a scene of the movie “Cool Hand Luke.”

Business calendar, Aug. 10, 2014

Tuesday, Aug. 12

'Starting Your Business' seminar. 6 to 8 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Steps and requirements of starting a small business. Cost $10. Register at or call 442-7232.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Business listings, Aug. 10, 2014

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

Acquasi Taxi, 1702 E. Colorado Ave., Apt. 201, U, by Acquasi Ansong, same address.

Dee's Sugar Shack, 1510 Thornton Drive, C, by Darlene Dobynes-Ferris, same address.

IT Matters doing business as Maui Wowi Hawaiian, 1013 W. Hill St., C, by Ryan A. Rogers, same address.

Building permits, Aug. 10, 2014

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, location and cost.


KAP Architecture, new office/bank building at 2911 Crossing Court, $1,390,000.

More It's Your Business: Danville preschool plans focus on the arts

Parents who think their tykes and toddlers have a shot at show business might want to consider a preschool in the works for Danville.

Trish Ceader is planning to open the Little Hollywood Early Childhood Learning Center of the Arts in the former Win C. Smith Oldsmobile-Cadillac car dealership building.