County Market to sell Garcia's pizzas

CHAMPAIGN – For the owners of Garcia's Pizza-in-a-Pan, it's a potential match made in heaven: the pizza they've been making for decades and a grocery chain eager to sell it hot and fresh out of the oven at their deli counters.

Attorney general seeks remedy for Pages gift card holders

SAVOY – The Illinois attorney general's office will seek a remedy for customers with unused gift cards to the recently closed Pages for All Ages bookstore in Savoy.

"The attorney general's office is in the process of contacting the owners to determine what is happening," Natalie Bauer, a spokeswoman for that office said today. "We'll work to determine what, if anything, can be done to help those left holding gift cards."

Victim ID'd in fatal car-pedestrian accident in Hegeler

HEGELER – The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department still is investigating a car-pedestrian accident that killed a 50-year-old South Danville man on Wednesday evening.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said Thursday that Kevin C. Glass, of South Danville, was positively identified by family members.

Asbestos found, removed from Neil Street demolition site

CHAMPAIGN – Wrapped asbestos was found around pipes in the walls of a downtown building being demolished, but by Thursday afternoon a contractor had removed it.

Champaign officials defend choice for City Building contractor

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County is locked in a million dollar-plus dispute with Otto Baum Company Inc. of Morton, but the firm nonetheless won a nearly $700,000 contract from the city of Champaign this week to rehabilitate the brick and stonework at the City Building.

The city council voted 8-0 on Tuesday to hire Otto Baum for $698,000 for the project, which is expected to last from March 1 to Nov. 15.

Retiree may be pick for vacant Vermilion County Board seat

DANVILLE – A retired city of Danville employee is expected to be appointed on Tuesday night to the Vermilion County Board vacancy in District 7.

Scott Kair, 55, of 1203 Sherman St., Danville, was recommended by the local Democratic Party and will be nominated at Tuesday's board meeting by Chairman Jim McMahon.

Grocery almost ready to open, but it needs a sidewalk first

CHAMPAIGN – The grand opening for the new County Market store near the Burnham 310 apartment building is less than two weeks away, and the store is about ready to go, officials say.

Except for that front sidewalk.

The sidewalk area near the store entrance is still dirt and gravel and, as of midweek, Burnham 310 developer The Pickus Companies hasn't yet hired a cement contractor. Highland Park-based The Pickus Companies is supposed to oversee installation of the streetscape along Springfield Avenue but didn't get the work finished this fall before cold weather set in, according to Louis Pickus, president of the company.

Customers saddened to hear bookstore has closed

SAVOY – Customers expressed sadness – and some concern over unused gift cards – now that Pages for All Ages is formally closed.

A new sign on the front of Pages for All Ages bookstore in Savoy says the store is closed for good, a casualty of the recession.

Five vie for three seats on Villa Grove school board

VILLA GROVE – Five candidates will be vying for three open seats on the Villa Grove school board this spring.

School board seats are elected from two districts. The Camargo Township district has one open seat and the district that covers outside of the township will have two openings to fill. School board representatives are elected to a four-year term.

Companies recalling products with peanuts

Two more companies have launched voluntary recalls of products containing peanuts due to potential salmonella contamination.

Both recalls are precautionary measures resulting from the recently expanded recall by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) to include all peanut ingredients produced in its Blakely, Georgia facility.