URBANA – About 28 people a day have been signing up for phone service from Insight Communications since the company began promoting the new service in East Central Illinois, company officials said.
Insight, best-known locally as the cable television provider for Champaign-Urbana and Danville, began offering phone service to a few customers in January, said Melody Brucker, the company's district vice president in Urbana.
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Scott Johnson and Mike Murphy were vacationing with their families on a Florida beach when they heard the calls for help.
The two Urbana men and their wives and children were on a beach on the Gulf coast along the Florida Panhandle, late on Thursday afternoon, when a woman and a girl began screaming for help from the water, said Scott McCartney of Urbana, the brother-in-law of both men.
When Savoy businessman Bob Grossman bought an old mansion in Champaign, he had to furnish it, didn't he?
The only problem is, once he started picking up antiques for the house, he couldn't stop.
CHAMPAIGN – Alpha-Care Health Professionals of Champaign has acquired the Hearts and Hands private-duty home care business in Charleston.
Now known as Hearts and Hands of Alpha-Care, the business will continue to have an office in Charleston, having recently moved to 1550 Douglas Drive.
DANVILLE – Another change is in store for Downtown Danville Inc.
Executive Director Michelle Blanchard resigned Monday, giving her board president a four-week notice. Her last day is April 9.
CHAMPAIGN – The president of the company that owns Alloy Casting & Engineering says that while his company would like a new, more direct truck route into its Champaign plant, it doesn't want to damage the surrounding neighborhood.
"We'd like to reroute the trucks so they don't drive through that neighborhood," said Dennis Wright, president of Wirco, the Avilla, Ind., firm that owns the local Alloy Engineering & Casting plant.
Attending the University of Illinois will become more costly for students.
On Tuesday, the UIBoard of Trustees approved several increases in student fees as well as a new $200 per semester student fee to fund library improvements.
DANVILLE – This week starts a few changes for Downtown Danville Inc.
Officials will conclude a survey they've circulated for the past 12 days and, on Thursday, open at a new location, 147 N. Vermilion St.
– Supplying poor people in India with cheap sources of light.
– Giving depressed students a new outlook on life through wilderness expeditions.
Several years of renovation work on two old downtown Champaign stores is nearly finished, and the result – a new bar called Seven Saints – is now expected to open around the first week of April at 32 Chester St.
The latest venture by downtown bar and restaurant operators Carlos and Marco Nieto, Seven Saints has been built in the two neighboring spaces that once housed Johnston's Sports Shop and Dan's Hat Shop.