It's Your Business: Arthur gallery to showcase area art

Looking for local art to display in your home or office?

You've got one more place to visit. A new gallery in downtown Arthur, Villa Galleries, 132 S. Vine St., will feature paintings, photographs and other work by artists who hail from central Illinois or artists whose work is about central Illinois.

R Systems' supercomputer meeting WolframAlpha's demand

CHAMPAIGN – In the early development stages of WolframAlpha, the new computational knowledge engine launched last month by Wolfram Research, the company estimated it would receive a peak of about 200 queries per second.

And it had built its computers to handle that amount.

Midland saw opportunity in Strategic Capital Bank deal

CHAMPAIGN – Midland States Bank learned about six weeks ago that Strategic Capital Bank was going to be closed by regulators, the president of Midland States said.

Leon Holschbach said last week that Effingham-based Midland States had about 30 days to prepare its bid for Champaign-based Strategic Capital's assets after signing confidentiality agreements.

Club celebrates a century of Wednesday gatherings

Back 100 years ago, a group of local farm wives took time out from their summer canning – or maybe soap making – or maybe even butchering chickens – to clean up and put on a pretty dress.

They would fix a stylish hat atop their nicely coiffed hair – and even pull on a pair of dressy cotton gloves.

Landscape artist's work goes on display Tuesday

NORMAL – Recent paintings and watercolors by one of the best-known landscape artists of the Midwest will go on display Tuesday at University Galleries at Illinois State University in Normal.

The exhibition, "Radiant Plains," on view through Sept. 13, will feature works by Harold Gregor that were completed in the last nine years, among them the new "Left-Right Vibrascape" series, which "represents a bold, experimental shift in this renowned Midwestern artist's work," according to curator Barry Blinderman, director of University Galleries.

Owners of Danville restaurant seeking buyer

DANVILLE – The owners of Brewstar restaurant want to give someone the business opportunity they wish they could have had when the downtown cafe opened more than a year ago.

"This is an opportunity to walk in and start the business," said J.W. Martin, who opened Brewstar in early 2008 along with five friends after months of building renovations and other startup work.

AmerenIP to answer questions about gas plant cleanup

CHAMPAIGN – AmerenIP will be holding an open house Monday evening at the Fifth and Hill site of a former manufactured gas plant, which is slated for a multimillion-dollar cleanup.

The open house at 308 N. Fifth St. will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

Urbana insurer plans to convince young to buy coverage

URBANA – So, you're young and peppy and think health insurance is strictly for little kids and old folks, right?

Not if an Urbana health insurer can convince you that accidents happen.

Expansion in offing for Danville-area company?

DANVILLE – Local officials hope to know in the next several weeks whether a local company will build a 200,000-square-foot expansion in Danville's Southgate Industrial Park and bring 17 new full-time jobs to the area.

Firm uses new technology to refine crude petroleum

CHAMPAIGN – A former University of Illinois employee has launched a company intent on making the petroleum-refining industry cleaner and less energy-intensive.