Art Mart owners passing torch to new generation

URBANA – The two young sisters who started running Art Mart 45 years ago have decided to "step back" from the business – but not retire.

Linda Ballard and Carol Ann Hurt plan to turn over day-to-day management of the Lincoln Square Village store to Linda's daughter, Courtney McKay, and her husband, Brian, in February.

It's your business: Dena's Hallmark moving to new spot

The Dena's Hallmark store at 27 E. Marketview Drive, C, will be closing soon for a move to another space at the same shopping center.

And when it reopens later this month, it will have a whole new look, says owner Dena Gaudio.

Longtime Arcola restaurant up for sale

ARCOLA – After some 35 years of dishing up mashed potatoes and gravy and slices of home-made pie, the owners of the Dutch Kitchen restaurant are ready for a break.

Allen and Ruth Ann Yoder have listed their venerable restaurant on Arcola's Main Street for sale, and are looking to retire.

As library adds Net access, study analyzes usage trends

When Champaign's new library opens Sunday, it will have 87 Internet-connected computers available for public use, not to mention wireless access for people with their own laptops.

The 20 computers in the old library usually had people waiting to use them, library Director Marsha Grove said, so the resource was an important element in planning the new building.

Apartment's sprinkler system still under repair

SAVOY – Workmen continued making repairs Friday to water pipe and fire sprinkler systems that caused temporary evacuation of about 200 residents of an apartment complex in Savoy.

Kathy Grim, vice president of marketing for GMH Communities, owner of the College Park Fields apartments at Sterling Court, Savoy, said a sprinkler system in one of the buildings broke Wednesday. The break was caused by the cold weather, she said.

Male revue sparks ordinance questions in Tolono

TOLONO – When a male revue comes to Tolono on Friday, women armed with dollar bills won't be the only ones watching.

Radmaker's Rock and Roll Tavern will host the Midwestheartbreakers All Male Revue on Friday night.

New owner has big plans for Mansfield's shuttered FS station

MANSFIELD – When Mansfield's FS service station closed in early 2007, Les Shores saw it as a sign that his town was dying.

Shores, a self-proclaimed "hometown boy," remembers riding his bicycle to the station as a boy for a pop and candy bar, and later getting his car worked on. He thought the station needed to be preserved.

Loss of power triggered flooding

CHAMPAIGN – A problem with one utility led to problems with another in Champaign early Wednesday.

A power outage in west Champaign caused a water overflow from an emergency tank, resulting in minor flooding in west Champaign early Wednesday, according to the Illinois American Water Co.

Henk's Bait and Bite offers sit-down food at city's edge

DANVILLE – Restaurant goers now have another dining choice on the edge of Danville after a new restaurant opened in late November on Henning Road.

About five weeks ago, Gary and Kathy Henk opened Henk's Bait and Bite at 302 N. Henning Road, just north of the intersection of Henning Road and U.S. 150.

Six friends to open cafe in downtown Danville

DANVILLE – Six friends are combining their talents and experience to open a new cafe in a downtown Danville building that most recently was home to a real estate business.

"Essentially, we are going to be a light restaurant," said J.W. Martin, one of six friends planning to open a cafe called Brewstar at 108 N. Vermilion St. in downtown Danville.