It's your business: C-U shop to feature furniture by Amish

Simply Amish, a new shop featuring furniture made by the Amish, will open soon on the north side of downtown Champaign.

The owners, Debby Winter and Matt Hutton, have taken over the ground floor space at 500 N. Walnut St., at the corner of Washington and Walnut streets, and plan to open the store there later this month or in early October.

Agency offers opportunity to "earn" computers

DANVILLE – Gayle Savoree wanted a computer to practice keyboarding skills and get back in the work force.

Now, she not only has a computer, but also a job, thanks to a new nonprofit organization in Danville.

Business making move to downtown Danville area

DANVILLE – Downtown businesses will get a new neighbor Wednesday when Danville Book World opens in its new location at 107 North Vermilion St.

The store, which sells comic books, used paperbacks, posters, action figures, game supplies and other items, has been in the Holiday Square shopping center on North Bowman Avenue near Holiday Hills since it opened in 1983, but current owner Richard Garrison said he had wanted to move the store for a while.

Urbana's Solo Cup churns out 7.4 billion cups, lids a year

URBANA – Judging from the product line, the whole world seems to have Solo cups in its hands.

Most folks probably recognize the Solo name from plastic party cups sold at grocery stores and mass retailers. But Solo also makes private-label cups, and even more of its products pop up in the world of food service.

Longtime Solo Cup workers like family atmosphere

URBANA – When Betty Koontz-Walton completed 25 years with Solo Cup, the company rewarded her with a 21-day trip for two anywhere in the world.

She chose Australia and went with her niece.

After delays, new St. Joseph bank building coming in early '08

GIFFORD – A new building for the St. Joseph branch of The Gifford State Bank should be open by February, if all goes as planned.

Les Hoveln, president of the St. Joseph branch, said the company hopes to make up time lost to a long bidding process by keeping work going on the building all through the winter.

Chef's Kitchen nearly ready at new Villa Grove location

VILLA GROVE – A lot of Villa Grove residents have been noticing activity in the building that once housed the old Weaver's Cafe on Main Street.

Chef's Kitchen, a former Farmer City restaurant, is moving to downtown Villa Grove.

Atwood grocery caters to customers' needs

ATWOOD – At one time, Atwood residents had to travel more than 10 miles to buy groceries.

Then Dave and Michelle Peebles made the decision to move from Southern California's palm trees and beaches to rural Illinois to open a grocery in Atwood.

Well-traveled stretches among deficient structures

Here's an overview of bridges in Ford and Iroquois counties:

Commission to consider permit for Danville speech clinic

DANVILLE – An overwhelming need for speech services has prompted speech pathologist Kimberly Payne to open her own practice.

The Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission will consider issuing her a special-use permit to operate a private speech and language clinic at 1133 E. Seminary St. at its meeting Thursday. Payne has also requested that the zoning be changed from family residential to neighborhood business.