Brace yourself: Longtime area orthodontist retiring

CHAMPAIGN – According to Genesis, the Lord rested after six days' work.

It's taken his namesake, Dr. Richard Lord, a lot longer to pause. The Champaign orthodontist is calling it quits after 42 years in practice.

Sale likely won't affect Tuscola chemical plant

TUSCOLA – The sale of Lyondell Chemical Co. to Dutch chemical company Basell isn't expected to have an immediate effect on Lyondell's plant west of Tuscola, a Lyondell vice president said Thursday.

"We don't expect the transaction to (affect) the day-to-day activities of most employees," said Susan Moore, Lyondell's vice president of corporate communications. "The existing Lyondell management structure is expected to stay in place for the foreseeable future."

Renovation overruns questioned

DANVILLE – Renaissance Danville board members plan to question Executive Director Bob Yapp on Friday on how renovation costs at 112 Pine St. exceeded the final budget by an estimated $46,000.

Yapp, however, called the totals inaccurate and said the board is illegally discussing his employment in an open meeting.

N-G acquires papers in Paxton, Loda

PAXTON – The Record in Paxton and the Loda Times are slated to become the latest weekly newspapers to join The News-Gazette's community newspaper division.

John Foreman, president of The News-Gazette Inc., said the company has reached a tentative agreement to buy the papers, effective Aug. 1.

Danville Starbucks plans grand opening Friday

DANVILLE – Before the sun rises on Friday, Starbucks Coffee Company will open the doors to its new Danville store.

The public is invited to attend the store's grand opening throughout the day Friday, from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., at 3100 N. Vermilion St. – the corner of Vermilion Street and Lakeshore Drive.

Mall service to allow shoppers to find, reserve products

CHAMPAIGN – Market Place Mall is adopting new technology in an effort to battle online retailers.

In a sense, it's, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

Bath & Bodyworks store coming to Tuscola

TUSCOLA – A Bath & Bodyworks outlet store will open in the Tanger Outlet Center in Tuscola later this year said mall General Manager Morrie Mendenhall says.

Tanger has a signed lease for the store, but doesn't have a projected opening date for it yet, he added.

North Fork Conservation Club promoting wildlife

When the North Fork Conservation Club was formed in 1961, meetings were held at Hoopeston's Universalist Church.

Annual dues were $5.

Closing date for Collins & Aikman plants to be Aug. 31

RANTOUL – Collins & Aikman has announced its three Rantoul auto-parts plants will close and workers will be laid off by the end of August.

Employees will be laid off from Aug. 17 through Aug. 31, and the plant will close its doors permanently Aug. 31, wrote Collins & Aikman Executive Vice President Mark Leyda in a letter to Pat Gleason, the president of Teamsters Local 26. The letter was dated Friday.

Campus Rec program all about making strides

Not long after launching the Million Step Challenge, the University of Illinois Campus Recreation staff faced a problem.

"A good problem," said Erik Riha, who works in marketing for Campus Recreation.

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