UI researchers' work flies Air Hobbico to help Boeing

CHAMPAIGN – Radio-controlled planes can be a lot of fun. But they also have practical value, as was proved in a recent demonstration of new technology by Boeing Co.

The technology – which involves the transmission of video data from airborne planes to units on the ground – could end up helping firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to crises such as earthquakes and floods.

Indian Market and Festival to take place this weekend

The Eiteljorg Museum will present its 17th annual Indian Market and Festival this weekend on the museum grounds at White River State Park on the west side of downtown Indianapolis.

The Indian Market and Festival on Saturday and Sunday will feature more work by 130 American Indian artists; performances by native storytellers, dancers and singers; food including Indian tacos; and family activities, from mask-making to corncob-dart tossing.

Tried and True: Cucumber Pasta Salad a cool treat

Becky Rodgers of Clinton offers this recipe for Cucumber Pasta Salad. She tried it and recommends it to others.

If you would like to share a recipe you've had success with, mail to or The News-Gazette, Recipes, 15 Main St., Champaign, IL 61820.

Piper City's Farmers Grain merging with Ludlow Cooperative

A Piper City grain company has merged with Ludlow Cooperative.

Stockholders of Farmers Grain Co. in Piper City recently voted to approve the merger with Ludlow Cooperative Elevator.

Farmers Grain has four employees; they are not expected to be affected by the merger, said Bruce Bastert, general manager of Ludlow Co-op.

Solo Cup Co. predicts better times ahead in filing

URBANA – Solo Cup Co., which last week announced plans to issue $300 million in senior secured notes, reported Monday that it's seeing "an improving business climate."

Nevertheless, it predicted net sales for the second quarter of 2009 will be 20 to 30 percent lower than the same quarter a year ago.

Clark Dietz engineering firm moving to downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Clark Dietz will move its local office to downtown Champaign later this year, the engineering company confirmed this week.

The company, which has had offices at 1817 S. Neil St., C, for about 20 years, plans to relocate to the first floor of the Church Street Square building – the former Robeson's department store at Church and Randolph streets.

WDWS/WHMS Radio receives three broadcasting awards

CHAMPAIGN – WDWS/WHMS Radio won three honors at the Illinois Broadcasters Association "Silver Dome" Awards ceremony last week.

The stations won awards for best local newscast, best live coverage of an event and best sports play-by-play.

It's Your Business: Remodeling to help market ex-Rhodes site

After noticing some construction activity at the former Rhodes Furniture store in Champaign, a reader e-mailed The News-Gazette wondering if we might find out what's happening there.

Here's the scoop.

We called building owner Tim Harrington, and he reports that he and other investors are remodeling the building at 912 W. Anthony Drive to help market it to potential tenants or buyers.

Building owner seeks to open bar in Philo

PHILO – It's been over six years since someone tried to open a new bar in Philo.

Philo resident Bob "RJ" Daly asked the village board this week to establish a second liquor license so that he could open a bar in his 116 W. Washington St. building.

Decommissioning fund for Clinton back on track

CHAMPAIGN – Exelon Corp. says it has caught up on its obligations for replenishing the trust fund for decommissioning the Clinton nuclear plant – but it still hasn't put enough aside for retiring the Byron and Braidwood plants.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday notified the operators of 26 nuclear generating units across the U.S. that, as of the end of 2008, they weren't setting aside enough money to cover the units' dismantling costs.