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What's on the horizon in Champaign-Urbana

Milo's new location at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana is just one of the openings in Champaign-Urbana.

Here's a look at what's happening:

Arthur businessman's service suits customers just fine

ARTHUR – Let's speak frankly: Larry Welton, a State Farm Insurance agent for 46 years, is not the easiest guy to fit.

That's why this 71-year-old from Clinton has, for about 30 years, been making the 55-mile drive to the quiet town of Arthur.

His destination is Delbert's, the men's clothing store where he buys custom-fitted suits and where he receives the kind of service that if a Las Vegas trip is in the works, Welton's wife can call the store and sales manager Linda Ingles will review Welton's measurements on file, pick out a few golf shirts and mail them to the Weltons' home.

Owens Funeral Home to buy YMCA's Church Street site

CHAMPAIGN – Owens Funeral Home plans to move to the McKinley YMCA property on West Church Street after the Champaign County YMCA relocates to southwest Champaign, according to the family that owns the funeral home.

Julia Yost Hersom, great-granddaughter of the funeral home's founders, said Friday the family has agreed to purchase the property from the YMCA. But she said it hasn't determined yet whether both buildings on the McKinley property will need to be torn down to make way for the new funeral home.

Owens Funeral Home will move to Y property in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Owens Funeral Home plans to move to the McKinley YMCA property on West Church Street after the Champaign County YMCA moves to southwest Champaign, according to the family that owns the funeral home.

Julia Yost Hersom, great-granddaughter of the funeral home's founders, said Friday the family hasn't determined yet whether both buildings on the McKinley property will need to be torn down to make way for the funeral home.

Parkland students getting on track for motorsports industry

CHAMPAIGN – Scott Breeding of Rantoul took a chamois to a freshly washed green and white Chevy Malibu Thursday afternoon at Parkland College, and Lucas Lange of Gibson City drove it onto the trailer that would take it to the St. Louis area, where they would be drag racing.

Farmers' market responds to need at public health district

CHAMPAIGN – There was fresh corn on the cob, and plenty of it.

Ripe tomatoes, peaches, squash, berries, potatoes, onions and peppers, too.

WILL's digital radio service on the air

URBANA – WILL has launched its digital radio service after several months of testing a new digital broadcast transmitter at its FM tower near Monticello.

The new FM 90.9 digital service provides three streams of content: FM 90.9 HD1, a simulcast of the FM music service; and FM 90.9 HD2 and HD3, which both carry the news and information service broadcast on AM 580.

Mettler general manager parts ways with family businesses

CHAMPAIGN – Miles Mettler has resigned as general manager of the Mettler Center and Mettler Athletic, citing philosophical differences with owners Paul and Lisa Mettler, his brother and sister-in-law.

Miles Mettler had managed the businesses for 12 years during a time of intense growth. Over those years, the Mettlers opened a physical-therapy and fitness center in southwest Champaign, an auxiliary fitness center in Campustown and the Mettler Athletic facility on South Neil Street.

Despite protests, bar owner pushing ahead with OTB plans

CHAMPAIGN – Carlos Nieto said he intends to push ahead with plans to open an off-track betting parlor at Jupiter's at the Crossing, despite neighbors' complaints to the Champaign City Council.

Nieto wouldn't project an opening date for the OTB Wednesday morning, but said "the sooner, the better." He said he hosted a meeting for residents of southwest Champaign on Sunday night, with 40 or 50 in attendance.

Officials hope Zipcars can ease congestion

 

You could be renting a Mini Cooper by the hour in Champaign-Urbana by October.

The University of Illinois, the cities of Champaign and Urbana and the twin cities' Mass Transit District are working out the last details of an agreement with Zipcars, which rents a wide variety of vehicles by the hour in cities like Washington, D.C.