Garden Hills celebrates completed geothermal system

CHAMPAIGN – Garden Hills Elementary School has brighter hallways and cooler classrooms this fall, and the distinction of being the Champaign school district's "first green school."

On Tuesday, the school celebrated the completion of a geothermal system that provides a more efficient way to heat and cool the building.

Landscape center will have road work Wednesday morning

URBANA — Due to road resurfacing, the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Ave., U, will be closed on Wednesday from 8 to noon.

Genetic testing helps sisters in fight against cancer

URBANA – When Pam Moore had breast cancer nearly three decades ago, she counted a lot on her two sisters to help her through it.

"I love my sisters, and I don't know what I'd do without them," she says.

Stations go off air, power down for tower improvements

CHAMPAIGN – One Champaign radio station went off the air for nearly three hours and another station temporarily reduced its power on Sunday in an effort to improve reception for people listening to National Weather Service broadcasts.

Ed Bond, engineer and producer at WDWS-AM and WHMS-FM, said work crews spent late Sunday morning and part of Sunday afternoon replacing the National Weather Service's antenna on top of the radio tower near Neil Street and Windsor Road.

Peru providfes a trip of a lifetime

When we talk about our trip of a lifetime, people usually ask, "Why did you choose Peru?" The answer is more diverse than the country itself, which offers Pacific coastal wonders, Andes mountain ranges and rain forest jungle adventure; all with an ancient Inca presence.

My 17-year-old daughter and I chose a package with G.A.P. Tours out of San Francisco. The trip included airfare, lodging and a number of meals for $2,000 a person. What you paid up front in initial cost, you got back threefold with the exchange rate in Peru, which is 3 soles to $1.

Courthouse clock tower fundraising close to goal

URBANA – The citizens' committee that has been raising funds to pay for the restoration of the clock and bell tower at the Champaign County Courthouse is only about $50,000 short of its $1.15 million goal, county board member Steve Beckett said at Thursday night's board meeting.

The committee recently passed the $1 million mark in funds raised, Beckett said.

UI team wins grant to do energy audits

CHAMPAIGN – A team of students from the University of Illinois has won a $50,000 grant to help prospective tenants in the Champaign-Urbana area learn the energy efficiency of apartments they might rent.

With the Ford College Community Challenge grant, the students hope to build an online database that would show the energy efficiency of rental properties in the community.

Apartment project trimmed back

CHAMPAIGN – Developers of a 24-story apartment complex in Campustown have scaled back plans for an adjacent complex next door.

Campus Acquisitions LLC, which built the 309 Green complex two years ago, had planned to erect a 20-story tower immediately to the east.

Littelfuse commits to 15-year lease at UI research park

CHAMPAIGN – Chicago-based Littelfuse, a manufacturer of circuit-protection products, has signed a 15-year lease for space in a new building within the University of Illinois Research Park.

Westville board eases regulations on beer gardens

WESTVILLE – Village officials voted Tuesday to relax some of the 4-year-old regulations on outdoor beer gardens to better accommodate tavern customers who want to smoke and drink.

Westville Village Board member Bill Cottrell said village police officers are increasingly having to deal with tavern customers who congregate in groups outside to smoke. He said the officers are using their discretion in dealing with customers who take their drinks outside with them, but he is looking for a better solution to the situation.