Building owner plans to challenge daily fine

DANVILLE – The owner of the Harwal Hotel faces more sanctions for failing to make repairs on the building.

At a status hearing late last week, a municipal court judge ordered Eric Williams to pay $100 a day, beginning Feb. 7, until repairs are completed. Williams did not attend the hearing.

Newspapers wrestle IHSA for photo rights

Newspapers from around the state will be at the Assembly Hall this weekend to cover the state wrestling tournament, which begins Friday.

To capture the drama and intensity of the competition, the newspapers' photographers normally shoot from the floor, at the same level as the competitors on the mats.

Paxton raffle house shuts down operations

PAXTON – A controversial Paxton business called King Richard's Raffle House closed its doors on Friday, according to Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

The raffle house, which offered games similar to bingo, drew customers from as far away as Watseka and Bloomington and raised money for local charities.

EnvirOx products race to QVC debut

DANVILLE – Employees at EnvirOx are working overtime, cranking out 44,000 kits of the local company's household cleaning products before a national premiere on the QVC shopping channel next month.

"QVC is a huge opportunity," said Diana Stewart-Frasure, general manager of the EnvirOx OurHouse division.

Owner of vacant building asked about lack of maintenance

DANVILLE – The owner of the former AT&T Building may be appearing in municipal court next month for lack of maintenance and repairs on the building.

City officials blocked off a section of sidewalk in front of the building in January after noticing small chunks of concrete had fallen from the vacant, two-story structure.

MainSource Financial president resigns

The president of MainSource Financial Group, which has area banking offices in Hoopeston, Potomac and Watseka, has resigned.

James L. Saner Sr., 56, stepped down as the company's president and chief executive officer after nine years in that role, the company announced Monday.

Microsoft's Yahoo bid triggers jitters, optimism

CHAMPAIGN – Only six months after Yahoo Inc. started operations in Champaign, folks around town are wondering what a possible takeover of Yahoo by Microsoft Corp. might mean for the local facility.

Some profess nervousness over another change in ownership, given that most Yahoo employees in Champaign were working for Motorola a half-year ago.

Three firms set up new offices in UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN – While Yahoo Inc. ponders its future, three new companies have taken up quarters in the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign.

– Danville-based Time-O-Matic, which sells LED signs under the Watchfire Signs name, has opened a software engineering center in the Technology Development and Fabrication Center at 2111 S. Oak St.

541 lines without service; fix could take till Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – Several hundred Champaign telephone users have faced a loss in service since about Thursday, according to a repair specialist at AT&T.

The specialist, who was not allowed to provide his full name, said on Saturday that 541 lines in Champaign were down because of a "cable failure in the area."

Funeral director cited after dog allegedly snaps at child

DANVILLE – A Danville funeral home director is disputing a complaint that his pet pit bull became aggressive toward a toddler inside the funeral home a couple of weeks ago.

The Danville Humane Society gave Bob Pape, owner of Pape Memorial Home & Gardens at 10 E. Williams St., a citation for violating Danville's dangerous dog ordinance. A hearing on the matter will be held on Feb. 28 in Danville's municipal court.