Today's Special: New St. Joe shop to offer coffee, tea, treats

ST. JOSEPH — Need an eye-opener in the morning or a midday pick-me-up?

There's a new place to get that cup of java in St. Joseph, as well as tea, pastries and other snacks. The Coffee and Tea Haus opened April 2 at 2281/2 E. Lincoln St., in the spot formerly occupied by MeMe's Treat Boutique.

V. Picasso up and running

V. Picasso, the latest dining establishment to open in downtown Champaign, is drawing raves from at least three diners who ate there this week.

Sunday Sneak Peek: Black Dog aiming for summer opening

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March unemployment numbers for C-U, Danville lowest since '08

The Champaign-Urbana and Danville metropolitan areas recorded their lowest March unemployment rates in seven years, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

Survey says: Economic seminar attendees optimistic about year ahead

CHAMPAIGN — And the results are in.
The consensus of folks attending the Busey Bank economic seminar at the I Hotel and Convention Center on Thursday was that:
— The rate of inflation in 2015 will be 1.2 percent, up from 0.8 percent in 2014.
— The Dow Jones industrial average will end 2015 at 18,459, up from 17,823 on Dec. 31, 2014.

Ag officials celebrate Earth Day at Prosperity Gardens

CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials used Champaign’s Prosperity Gardens as a backdrop Wednesday morning to describe what the agency is doing to make every day Earth Day.

Work to start on new Carle sports medicine center in September

CHAMPAIGN — State regulators have approved plans for a new $23 million outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine center at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Jim Dey: Ed Scharlau not slowing down a bit

Hear more from Scharlau on WDWS: Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m.

     Ed Scharlau isn’t much for titles.

Showcase of Homes to feature 6 Trails at Abbey Fields houses

CHAMPAIGN — One area of Champaign that has been busy with homebuilding is the Trails at Abbey Fields, where the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois is preparing to hold its Showcase of Homes this summer.

Raising the roofs: Mahomet leading county in new home construction

MAHOMET — Mahomet easily takes the title of "capital" when it comes to new home construction in Champaign County this year.

The village 8 miles northwest of Champaign-Urbana has had 32 building permits for single-family homes so far this year, according to weekly listings in The News-Gazette.

By comparison, Savoy had 16 so far this year, and Champaign had 14.