Mediacom, Sinclair push deadline back eight days

Mediacom subscribers in East Central Illinois will continue to get ABC affiliate WICD-TV for at least the next week.

Representatives of the cable system reached an agreement Thursday with Sinclair Broadcast Group allowing the cable system to continue carrying Sinclair stations, including WICD-TV in Champaign, for eight more days.

Police ask revelers to use restraint when ringing in 2010

State and local police urge motorists to have a safe and sober New Year's Eve.

"Drivers should use common sense and a designated driver who has not been drinking," said Master Sgt. Rory Steidl of the Illinois State Police District 10 post at Pesotum.

New Champaign County sales tax takes effect Friday

CHAMPAIGN – Liz Hawkins updated her cash register Wednesday after closing Skins 'N' Tins for the night, and many Champaign County business owners will do the same before a 1 percent sales-tax increase goes into effect Jan. 1.

Snow-removal rules not affected by new accumulation

CHAMPAIGN – Officials will still enforce the city's snow-removal ordinance after a 48-hour window for property owners to clear their sidewalks expired Wednesday morning – even though new snow fell during the day.

Property maintenance inspector Michael Novotny said the ordinance will be enforced on a complaint basis, as it always is, though property owners may avoid receiving an invoice if it is evident their sidewalks were clear before Wednesday's snowfall.

Danville's 610 Tap gets new owner, name

DANVILLE – A former neighborhood bar that was turned into a liquor store will reopen as a bar on New Year's Day.

Realtor Jay Hein bought the building that was known as the 610 Tap, at 610 N. Vermilion St., through various ownerships since it first opened in 1947. It took more than a month to renovate the building, but Hein plans to be ready for customers Jan. 1.

Danville zoning panel to consider nail salon request

DANVILLE – The Danville planning and zoning commission will consider a request next week for a special-use permit to run a nail salon as a home business on East Seminary Street.

Amy Thomas is requesting the permit so she can open the salon, Anyia's Nails and Foot Spa, at 629½ E. Seminary St. in Danville, which is zoned single-family residential.

Restaurant-supply firm Serv-U opens retail outlet

CHAMPAIGN – A major restaurant-supply company in Champaign has opened a retail showroom to serve area customers.

Serv-U, which sells furniture, equipment and glassware to restaurants and bars nationwide, converted 3,000 square feet of its space at 3201 N. Apollo Drive for the showroom.

DACC schedules computer classes for all skill levels

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department will offer a number of computer classes for people just getting started, wanting to try something new or just brushing up on their skills.

Computer classes are held at the DACC Village Mall Education Center, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

Businesses: Champaign's shoveling rule is clear

CHAMPAIGN – Most sidewalks in the business and campus districts of Champaign were already shoveled by Monday morning when the city officially declared the sidewalk snow removal ordinance in effect.

Demolitions to begin this week in downtown Danville

DANVILLE – Drivers may want to avoid using Walnut Street in the downtown area, as contractors expect to begin demolishing the single-deck parking garage and the AT&T building this week.

Today, crews are expected to put up a 6-foot chain-link fence around the parking garage demolition site, according to Doug Ahrens, public works director for the city. Actual demolition of the two-story garage in the 100 block of Walnut Street will begin later this week, weather permitting.