C.O. Daniels on campus set to reopen -- to patrons 21 and up

CHAMPAIGN – A Campustown bar closed since May will try to reopen this weekend for the first time under a new entry-age restriction.

C.O. Daniels, 608 E. Daniel St., is shooting for a Saturday-night reopening, bar owner John Phillips said Wednesday.Patrons under the age of 21 will not be allowed to enter.

The bar closed last year after it "had too many underage tickets, according to the city," Phillips said.

Workshop to help those in danger of foreclosure set to visit Danville

DANVILLE – Last year, 481 Vermilion County homes went into foreclosure.

Although that's 103 fewer than in 2008, it's still more than four times the number of foreclosures in 2006, when only 85 homeowners lost their homes, according to Realty Trac, a national database that tracks foreclosure filings.

Wells Fargo's new Danville office set to open April 19

DANVILLE – The Danville office of Wells Fargo financial advisers will move to a new location and open for business at that new site on April 19.

The office will be in Suite 1 at 733 N. Logan Ave.

The business is moving out of 816 N. Gilbert St. because the office complex at that location will be torn down to make way for the new Walgreen's store that will be built at the corner of Gilbert and Fairchild streets.

100 jobs to be lost as Bunge halts soy processing at Danville facility

DANVILLE — Bunge North America announced this morning that it will discontinue soybean processing at its Danville facility effective April 23.

About 100 employees will lose their jobs by the shutdown of the soy operations. The site will continue to employ 185 workers in the other operations there.

The plant at 321 E. North St. in Danville will continue to serve local farms as a grain elevator for soybeans, and the corn mill will remain open as well, according to Bunge corporate officials.

Construction of eco-friendly resort in Arcola may start in spring

RCOLA – A 60-acre resort in Douglas County may begin construction this spring, more than two years after plans for the eco-friendly destination were announced.

Green Mill Village is envisioned to be a hotel/conference center/spa/retail complex located off Illinois 133 and Egyptian Trail Road, just east of the Interstate 57 interchange in Arcola.

Firefighting course offers less-than-relaxing spring break option

CHAMPAIGN – Tired of the beach routine? If you're looking for new ways to spend spring break, how about learning to fight wildland fires?

The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute is offering such a course during spring break – March 22 to 26 – and it culminates in "a hands-on wildland firefighting exercise."

The class is open to anyone 18 years old or older and in good physical condition. Fee for the five-day course is $600 and is limited to the first 24 enrollments.

It's Your Business: Goodwill's new store in Champaign bigger, better

Need some play clothes for the kids or a side table for a spare room?

The new Goodwill store is now open in Champaign. And you'll be pleasantly surprised with how different this store is from the old one.

First off, it's much bigger. The new Goodwill is housed in the former Rhodes Furniture building at 912 W. Anthony Drive, west of North Prospect Avenue. The retail space, at about 14,000 square feet, is more than double the size of the old shop on North Prospect.

After latest blow, a biodiesel tax credit may be months away

DANVILLE – What happens in Washington does affect Main Street, especially Danville's.

Without a tax incentive that expired at the end of 2009, production at the Blackhawk Biodiesel plant, north of Main Street in central Danville, began to slow down. Unless the subsidy is renewed soon, plant managers fear, 30 local jobs could be lost.

Last week, language to renew the subsidy was removed from Senate legislation, adding to the uncertainty that has plagued biodiesel producers since the first of the year.

Comcast's digital expansion adds to need for converters

URBANA – Comcast will digitize its "expanded basic" channels later this fall, requiring some area customers to get digital set-top boxes and digital adapters.

The change won't take place for several months, but Comcast is encouraging customers to make the change early by providing additional stations to those who do.

Most Comcast customers – about 78 percent nationwide – already subscribe to digital cable, so they won't need to make changes unless they have secondary TVs that aren't properly equipped.

Friends, foes say prominent Dem Gerri Parr was a unifier

Even her political enemies have good things to say about Gerrie Parr, the former Champaign County auditor and Democratic Party chief who died last week at the age of 63.

"Gerrie played tough but she played fair," said Mark Shelden, the Republican Champaign County clerk. "We had some battles, like you would expect that Republicans and Democrats would, but there was never a cheap shot from Gerrie Parr."