Today's Special: Wait is almost over for opening day

SIDNEY — Sitting at his desk at a Champaign car dealership on Friday, Dennis Riggs dug into a big piece of chocolate cake.

Something, though, was missing.

"We were just saying 'Wouldn't it be nice to have some Dairy Barn ice cream to go with this chocolate cake?' " Riggs said.

It's Your Business: Atwood adds a pharmacy

Atwood now has its own pharmacy — complete with a drive-thru window.

Sav-Mor Pharmacy has opened at 112 S. Main St., adjacent to the Kirby Medical Clinic on the clinic's south side.

Owner Dave Falk said the store does more than just fill prescriptions.

"We sell over-the-counter products, cough and cold medicines, pain relievers, vitamins and first-aid products," he said.

End of an era for downtown drugstore

MONTICELLO — Come the end of business Monday, many loyal customers will lose their favorite pharmacy in downtown Monticello.

On the bright side, they won't have to go looking for a new pharmacist.

Main Street/Hoopeston: A resilient bunch

HOOPESTON — Someday, the marquee lights will be coming back on at the Lorraine Theater, an effort that may cost more than $500,000 but would light up this town that has had its share of setbacks.

"We probably have roughly $160,000 in it already," says Jim Richards, a leader in the effort. "People have been very generous."

Wired In: Leslie Gilliard

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Leslie Gilliard, 30, CEO and founder of Nardo Technology, which develops rapid and accurate electrochemical sensors for forensic, food safety, agriculture and environmental testing markets. She is finishing up her doctorate at the University of Illinois.


Building permits, March 27, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Habitat for Humanity, new single-family dwelling at 904 N. Hickory St., $100,000.

Business listings, March 27, 2016

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Allhands Hardwood Flooring, 2406 High View Court, C, Jon Claude Christian Haley, same address.

CI Healthy Vending, 1304 Woodland Court, Mahomet, Paulette Sullivan, same address.

Offers, but no sale yet, on Amishland building

TUSCOLA — For sale: A big red barn next to an outlet mall.

Price tag: A cool $3.5 million.

Interested? Over the months it's been on the market, the Red Barn Buffet & Shoppes property has entertained some lookers, but it remains up for grabs, according to Champaign Realtor Alex Ruggieri.

Another step closer to brewing beer in Urbana

URBANA — Urbana's first microbrewery is moving closer to becoming a reality.

After the city council signed off on a liquor license this week, Riggs Beer Company's co-owner said the plan is to start brewing in May and open by June.

"That's our goal," Matt Riggs said. "There's obviously quite a bit of things to do between now and then."

Champaign sub shop closes

CHAMPAIGN — A sandwich shop that has been serving Campustown for more than a decade has closed its doors.