For 12 years, it darkened downtown Champaign's doorway.
Coming to town from the north? Happy detours.
Walking around downtown at night? Not the best idea you've ever had.
The pedestrian mall — two blocks of Neil Street, part of it covered with a roof, between Church/Main and Chester Street on the north side of the City Building — lasted from 1974 to 1986.
Want to make an appointment with Destiny?
Try March 29.
That's the projected opening date for the Paper Destiny store at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center.
The shop, which sells greeting cards, stationery, gifts and gift wrap, will be located across from Forever 21 and next to Buckle in the J.C. Penney wing of the mall.
These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:
Blessed Beginnings Salon, 2918 Crossing Court, Suite 108, C, by Samantha Gavin-Rosaliano, 2508 E. Illinois St., U.
Blu Music, 110 E. Chalmers St., C, by Ethan G. Blumenthal, same address.
Oyler Carpentry, 405 Park Lane Drive, C, by James A. Oyler, same address.
Tuesday, March 11
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, location, description and cost.
HERE Champaign, new multifamily/parking/retail complex at 308 E. Green St., $46.9 million.
Drum roll, please.
The most competitive gas brand in Illinois during 2013 was Costco, according to GasBuddy.com, which did a study of most competitive brands by state.
In Illinois, Costco sold gas, on average, for 16.13 cents per gallon less than other stations in the ZIP codes Costco was in.
Pratt joins Boys & Girls Club staff. Ray Pratt has joined the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club staff as director of finance.
He will be responsible for financial matters and human resources.
Pratt previously worked at Busey Bank. He has also served as director/treasurer of the North American Williamsburg Christadelphian Foundation.
Staff writer Marcus Jackson won a writing award and The News-Gazette was honored in section judging for the fourth consecutive year in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors' contest. Also, for the first time the newspaper's website — IlliniHQ.com — was tabbed as one of the nation's best.
CHAMPAIGN — Janna Eaves and Supriya Hobbs want to encourage girls to consider careers in science and engineering — and they think they can do it with dolls.
CHAMPAIGN — Tim Deppen and Nishana Ismail were determined to do something after a friend of theirs was mugged in January 2013.
At the time, both Deppen and Ismail were mechanical engineering students at the University of Illinois.