Nightclub's liquor license hearing delayed

DANVILLE – A hearing to determine if Digital City should keep its liquor license has been postponed until Aug. 17.

City Attorney David Wesner said a hearing scheduled for Friday was pushed back a week to accommodate police officers who will testify at the hearing.

UI may get world's fastest computer

University of Illinois officials this morning said they still have no official word on news that a $200 million supercomputer – to be the world's fastest, at least at the start – will be built at the UI-based National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

The New York Times reported this morning that the system would be built at the UI, citing documents that were accidentally placed on a federal government Web site for a short time last week.

Christie gets active in economic development

CHAMPAIGN – For the first time in years, Christie Clinic is taking an active role in Champaign County economic development.

By contrast, crosstown health care provider Carle Foundation has been well-represented in economic development work for years.

Master Farmer Dave Downs talks about past, present, future

Dave Downs, 58, of Allerton was named by Prairie Farmer Magazine in July as one of four 2007 Master Farmers. He farms in Champaign, Edgar and Vermilion counties with his brother, Jim, and son, Doug. The Allerton-based Downs family also includes his wife, Janece, son Rob, a Chicago area banker, and Doug's wife, Dawn, and daughter, Samantha.

Dental practice gives free exams and school supplies

CHAMPAIGN – Dozens of children without dental insurance got free exams – and school supplies to boot – at a free clinic Friday in Champaign.

Dr. Vinh Hick and her staff at Baytowne Dental Center, 907 W. Marketview Drive, C, provided free teeth-cleaning, exams, X-rays and small fillings from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

State in period of steady growth

URBANA – The Illinois economy continues to hum along in a sustained period of steady, modest growth, according to the latest readings of the University of Illinois Flash Index.

The index dipped to 106.7 in July, down from 106.8 in June. The index has varied by only two-tenths of a point over the past three months, a UI release stated.

Bank officials questioning annexation agreement

SAVOY – Since purchasing property at the corner of Neil Street and Windsor Road last November, the First State Bank has wasted no time with plans for a new facility.

Within two months, the bank acquired 2402 and 2404 Windsor Place, 309 Windsor Road and 2401 and 2407 S. Neil St. from Shapland Management Co. and an annexation agreement was approved by the village board, bringing the five properties into Savoy.

Agency takes over pension plan run by Urban League

CHAMPAIGN – A government agency that insures pension plans has taken over a small plan formerly run by the Urban League of Champaign County.

The defined-benefit plan, created in the 1970s, has only 15 participants and had been frozen since December 1991, meaning no one could join or earn benefits after that date, officials said.

Official: Yahoo was quick with decision

CHAMPAIGN – It took only six days for Yahoo to commit to Champaign-Urbana.

When Neel Madhav, a Yahoo employee who formerly worked for Motorola, heard in June that Motorola was closing its software design center in Champaign, he brought it to the attention of Bassel Ojjeh, Yahoo's senior vice president of strategic data solutions.

Wi-Fi coming to downtown Champaign

By next week, downtown Champaign should be covered in an invisible wireless net making free Internet access available to almost anyone with a wireless laptop and other mobile devices using the common Wi-Fi standard.

Employees from Champaign-based Pavlov Media, which is installing the system as a community gift and publicity tool; Go Networks, the wireless equipment provider; and the city of Champaign began deploying the necessary hardware Thursday morning.

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