Danville YMCA holding registration for youth, adult classes

DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for both youth and adult program classes.

Classes for the winter session begin Jan. 5, 2009, and are seven weeks long.

Gold rush: Salvation Army receives fourth, fifth gold coins

This weekend wasn't exactly the fifth day of Christmas, but it produced similar benefits for The Salvation Army.

Instead of five gold rings, the organization received its fourth and fifth gold coins in area red kettles.

Prosecutor, detective give advice on dealing with bad checks

CHAMPAIGN – Merchants can lose their holiday cheer quite quickly if they aren't careful.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and Champaign police Detective Pat Kelly warned members of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce on Monday that they need to take steps to protect themselves from bad-check writers.

Four area police agencies to get laptop computers

Four area law enforcement agencies will soon receive computers from the state.

The Arthur, Tuscola and Villa Grove police departments and the Douglas County sheriff's office will each receive a laptop. Each computer is valued at $6,300.

Recession expected to help trim heating costs

One upside of global recession: Factories aren't using as much natural gas, so your December heating bill will be lower than once forecast.

Only two months ago, the prediction for natural gas prices was up 40 percent from last winter.

Menards' decision to delay Urbana store not a surprise

URBANA – Menards won't build a new home improvement store in Urbana next year.

City officials were told about the decision in recent weeks, and company spokesman Jeff Abbott confirmed it publicly.

"We have slowed the process (of development)," Abbott said. "We're going to build a store there, but we just don't know when."

Expansion in the cards as Human Kinetics keeps developing

CHAMPAIGN – Human Kinetics has hired architect Robert Kapolnek to design an expansion to its headquarters on North Market Street.

But no target date for construction has been set, pending receipt of design plans and a closer look at the economy, according to Chief Executive Officer Brian Holding.

It's Your Business: Economy among factors in closing of Kafe K

Natalie Peterson says she doesn't want to blame the economy.

But when supply prices are going up, the economy is in a slump and folks are being advised to save a few bucks by making their own coffee and packing their own lunches, there's going to be an impact on mom-and-pop businesses like Kafe K.

From lodge to luxury: New owner hoping to convert Jefferson Building to apartments

CHAMPAIGN – If Robert Grossman has his way, Champaign's old Masonic Temple could be divided up for luxury apartments.

The four-level building on the northwest corner of Hill and Randolph streets dates to 1914. For its first 52 years, it served as the home of Western Star Lodge No. 240.

Human Kinetics rated one of top 10 places to work in book publishing

CHAMPAIGN – Yoga classes at work, subsidized lunches in the cafeteria, a tennis court on company grounds ... is it any surprise Human Kinetics was recently named one of the top 10 places in book publishing to work?

The Champaign-based company ranks eighth in the nation, according to the November issue of Book Business magazine.