Gifford State Bank buys ex-Busey facility in Thomasboro

THOMASBORO – Gifford State Bank has bought the former Busey Bank facility in Thomasboro.

First Busey Corp. closed the bank along with the Busey main bank on Sangamon Avenue in downtown Rantoul in May.

Production at Baltimore Aircoil in Paxton ends Friday

PAXTON – Friday will mark the end of production at the Baltimore Aircoil plant.

The company, which has been Paxton's largest employer, announced in February that it would close its local facility and lay off all of its 223 workers by late June. Employees have been laid off in six waves, plant manager Bruce Kietzman said. A crew of 20, Which includes him, the human resources manager and office staff, will remain through September. Workers will take things off the walls and gather the racks and the shelving.

Firefighters learn 'grain tube' technique for bin rescues

URBANA – As a trained rescue specialist, Dave Newcomb doesn't like the odds of getting someone trapped in a grain bin out alive.

"Two out of five are successful recoveries," said the veteran Urbana fire lieutenant. "First you have to expose the person, then decide if it's a rescue or a recovery."

Chemical-recycling company expanding in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Hudson Technologies has more than doubled the size of its refrigerant-reclamation center in Champaign and is adding more employees there.

The New York-based company opened a 48,000-square-foot center at 3402 N. Mattis Ave., C, in 2003 and recently leased another 60,000 square feet in a nearby building at 1617 Interstate Drive, C.

Urbana weighs letting small businesses join recycling effort

URBANA – Urbana Alderman Charlie Smyth said it was an "aha!" moment.

He was riding back via bicycle from Champaign's West Side Park last Friday night, between storms, when a friend riding with him mentioned the Urbana recycling program.

Public invited to see Illinois American Water's new plant

CHAMPAIGN – Local residents can get an inside look today at Illinois American Water's new $51 million water treatment plant.

The plant, which went online in December, will be open for free half-hour public tours today from 4 to 7 p.m.

UI researchers' work flies Air Hobbico to help Boeing

CHAMPAIGN – Radio-controlled planes can be a lot of fun. But they also have practical value, as was proved in a recent demonstration of new technology by Boeing Co.

The technology – which involves the transmission of video data from airborne planes to units on the ground – could end up helping firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to crises such as earthquakes and floods.

Indian Market and Festival to take place this weekend

The Eiteljorg Museum will present its 17th annual Indian Market and Festival this weekend on the museum grounds at White River State Park on the west side of downtown Indianapolis.

The Indian Market and Festival on Saturday and Sunday will feature more work by 130 American Indian artists; performances by native storytellers, dancers and singers; food including Indian tacos; and family activities, from mask-making to corncob-dart tossing.

Tried and True: Cucumber Pasta Salad a cool treat

Becky Rodgers of Clinton offers this recipe for Cucumber Pasta Salad. She tried it and recommends it to others.

If you would like to share a recipe you've had success with, mail to or The News-Gazette, Recipes, 15 Main St., Champaign, IL 61820.

Piper City's Farmers Grain merging with Ludlow Cooperative

A Piper City grain company has merged with Ludlow Cooperative.

Stockholders of Farmers Grain Co. in Piper City recently voted to approve the merger with Ludlow Cooperative Elevator.

Farmers Grain has four employees; they are not expected to be affected by the merger, said Bruce Bastert, general manager of Ludlow Co-op.