HOMER – Shoppers for discounts on general merchandise will soon have a new, local alternative. The Homer Discount Mart is scheduled to open at 110 S. Main St., next door to the Homer Auction, on May 10.
Business owner Bill Marietta of Danville has been stocking shelves and getting the store ready.
DANVILLE – Next month, United Way of Danville will move from the Red Cross building to new offices in the Robert Thornton building in downtown Danville.
The move saves money for the United Way and boosts its visibility, according to Jeanne Mulvaney, executive director of the agency.
DANVILLE – A Canadian businessman has bought the Danville Health Club building in downtown Danville and hopes to attract a restaurant and bakery to the site.
George Gill with KKG Investments of Toronto closed early this month on the property, 125 N. Vermilion St., which was previously owned by Chad Bryant.
DANVILLE – A couple whose zoning petition failed last year at the city council is seeking second consideration.
Anthony and Nicole Dye are requesting a zoning change for 104 Porter St. from single-family residential to highway business.
DANVILLE – March unemployment rates were down from February's in most counties of East Central Illinois, the state Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.
But the March rates tended to be about a point higher than they were a year ago.
ARTHUR – As an Arthur nursing home nears completion on a $6 million expansion project, home leaders have launched efforts to raise money to provide new landscaping for the property.
David Eversole, administrator of the Arthur Home and Eberhardt Village, said Wednesday that the facility is launching a drive to raise $100,000 to pay for landscaping improvements for the facility.
KENOSHA, Wis. – A Wisconsin man faces criminal charges of homicide by negligent driving for the death of a 2006 Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduate.
Thomas J. Sillcocks, 37, of Kenosha, Wis., was charged Tuesday in Kenosha County Circuit Court with two felonies – homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit-and-run involving death – following an accident last week that caused the death of Ashley C. Marcotte, 20, a former Loda resident who was living in Kenosha.
URBANA – First Busey Corp.'s first-quarter earnings per share were down 22 percent from a year ago, the Urbana-based bank holding company announced Tuesday.
"We have continued to experience deterioration in our loan portfolio, primarily in southwest Florida," First Busey President and Chief Executive Officer Van A. Dukeman said in a letter to shareholders.
ARCOLA – The steady beep of groceries crossing a cash register was music to Arcola residents' ears as they checked out their new grocery store, Arcola Family Foods, on Wednesday.
"Every town needs a grocery store," said resident Beverly Pryor.
SAVOY – Paris-based First BancTrust Corp., which has banking offices in Savoy and Rantoul, plans to cut the number of its shareholders so it will no longer have to file periodic reports with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
The company – which operates First Bank of Savoy and First Bank of Rantoul – announced Monday that the increasing costs of being an SEC-registered, Nasdaq-traded company aren't justified by the benefits, given the company's limited trading activity.