HOOPESTON – Pla-Mor Lanes in Hoopeston closed its doors last Thursday without warning.
According to Bill Nichols, Community Bank president, JoAnn Gress came into the bank office, dropped the keys off and said, "I'm done."
CHAMPAIGN – It will be at least October before Wachovia Securities signs go up at A.G. Edwards offices across the nation, a Wachovia Securities spokesman said Monday.
Under an agreement announced Thursday, Wachovia Corp. plans to acquire A.G. Edwards for $6.8 billion and combine it with Wachovia Securities to form the nation's second-largest retail brokerage firm. Only Merrill Lynch & Co. would be bigger, in terms of financial advisers.
URBANA – Salvage crews used to work every day at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, sorting dented canned goods and damaged boxes of pasta discarded by area grocers.
Now, with food-salvage donations on the decline, they're needed maybe eight hours a week.
URBANA – The University of Illinois flash economic index slipped to 106.6 in May, down from 107.4 in April. But a UI economist said the state economy is still performing well.
"The current reading indicates that the Illinois economy is growing at a good, but not a spectacular, pace," said J. Fred Giertz of the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
Glider pilot Eric Fortner says there is nothing like floating in a glider in the skies over East Central Illinois.
"When I'm in a glider looking at the beauty of the corn and soybeans down below and the horizon ahead of me, I see things differently," said Fortner, president of the Illini Glider Club. "It is so quiet and peaceful."
DANVILLE – Bunge Milling's union employees are working under a new three-year contract.
Members of the United Steelworkers Local 972 voted 111-86 on Saturday morning to ratify the agreement, capping a negotiation process that started in February.
DANVILLE – Thyssen-Krupp Crankshaft Co. announced Friday that 65 employees at its Danville forging operation on Lynch Road will be laid off later this month.
The layoffs, effective June 22, will affect hourly and supervisory employees who produce heavy duty forged crankshaft products for the heavy duty truck market at the company's facility at 1000 Lynch Road in Danville.
DANVILLE – Growth at Time-O-Matic Inc. has spurred the Danville company to plan for a new, larger facility along Interstate 74, but whether the site will be in Illinois or Indiana is undecided.
Since the Arcola IGA closed in January, residents have had to make alternate plans for grocery shopping.
But City Administrator Bill Wagoner said the city hasn't forgotten the need for a local grocery.
CHAMPAIGN – Many decades ago, the second story of this vintage downtown building sheltered the cars of local folks who didn't want to drive during the snowy winter and muddy springtime.
And in the days when people still walked to the grocery store, the ground floor of this same building housed the local A&P store.