Medical waste to be accepted year-round in area

URBANA – Medical waste doesn't belong in your garbage can, but people in the area haven't had any other options for year-round disposal.

Now they will.

Group: Many cell phone users paying too much

CHAMPAIGN – Nearly three out of four Illinois residents pay more than they should for cell phone service, according to a report from the Citizens Utility Board.

Citizens Utility Board says cell phone bills too high

CHAMPAIGN — Nearly three out of four Illinois residents are paying more than they should for cell phone service, the Citizens Utility Board estimated today.

Two businesses taking over ex-Patterson Cos. facility

CHAMPAIGN – For four years, the former Patterson Cos. facility on Staley Road has been seeking a buyer.

Now it's found one. Two Urbana businesses – Commercial Floor Covering and Advanced Wayne Cain & Sons Roofing & Sheet Metal – plan to move into the 87,000-square-foot building later this year.

It's Your Business: Sheep play role in composting venture

Becky Weber of Urbana has collaborated with Charles Bedinger, who raises grass-fed sheep outside Catlin, to form a new composting venture, Ewe Poo Compost.

They're selling the compost in 20-pound bags at the Second Saturday sales in downturn Urbana and the Wednesday farmers' market in Danville. The bags sell for $4 apiece, or three bags for $10, Weber said.

Studio Visit: Frederic Beaugeard, 41, of Urbana

Q: How long have you been an artist?

A: For as long as I can remember. I have a post-secondary degree in fine arts from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes and a five-year fine arts degree from the Nationale Superieure Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. My degrees include training in urbanism, design, architecture and advertising.

July sees improved home sales in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN – Maybe it was the cooler weather.

Maybe it was optimism sparked by a surging stock market.

But something caused people in Champaign County to get in the home-buying spirit in July.

Rural King is moving into former Wal-Mart building

CHAMPAIGN – Rural King plans to open a store in Champaign, taking over the space formerly occupied by Wal-Mart and Steve & Barry's. The farm supply retailer has slated an Oct. 1 opening for the store at 913 W. Marketview Drive, said Matt Garrison, regional manager for the Mattoon-based chain.

New construction below par throughout area this year

CHAMPAIGN – It's probably no big surprise, given the national recession, but records show that new construction in Champaign and Urbana is down substantially for the first seven months of 2009.


New housing starts in both cities are also weak, with Champaign seeing just 44 new single-family home permits being issued so far this year and Urbana 24.

The situation is similar in Danville, where there have been three housing starts this year (down from nine in 2008) and the value of all new construction is $10.1 million, down from 2008 year-end totals of $22.3 million.

Environmentally friendly bucket truck debuted in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Of course a city government would think about putting a "green" truck in its forestry division.

A hybrid bucket truck will be assigned to the division, said Elizabeth Hannan, administrative services manager for the city of Champaign.