Local housing sales down, but may be on way up

URBANA – Philo residents Carol and Donald "Butch" Clark bought a condominium in Urbana last September, figuring it would better accommodate Butch's motorized wheelchair.

They figured their three-bedroom brick home in Philo would sell quickly.

But 10 months later, the house at 206 Cleveland in Philo's Willow Run subdivision remains on the market, its price lowered from $250,000 to $229,500.

July 4th parade float creators still rewarded for efforts

URBANA – After weeks of planning and work, the big puffy dog was ready to roll.

He had only one problem: The sky poured down rain on that July Fourth morning, and the dog's body was covered in hundreds of tiny bits of paper on his Independence Day float – not exactly rainproof.

Recycling expansion in Urbana to be discussed

URBANA – Urbana City Council members will continue discussing adding small businesses to the city's recycling program.

The topic, first introduced by Alderman Charlie Smyth two weeks ago, is on the agenda for Monday's study session as the Urbana council meets as committee of the whole at 7 p.m. at the council chambers, 400 S. Vine St.

Champaign police reports

Champaign police handled several reports recently:

Judge: Trial must be held in Mass Transit District case

URBANA – A judge has ruled that the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has the authority to annex territory and that the Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District was properly established by a referendum.

Judge Chase Leonard, in a written order released Wednesday, also ruled that a trial must be held to determine the final claim of the C-U MTD that the C-SW MTD was formed in bad faith.

Accounting error led to bad checks to health care providers

SPRINGFIELD – State officials say an accounting error was responsible for the worthless checks health care providers were sent recently as their payments for caring for state employees and their dependents.

The checks began bouncing last month, and health care providers were asked to wait until the first week of July to try cashing them again.

Two sought in Urbana home invasion, assaults

URBANA – Urbana police are looking for two men who entered an apartment uninvited in that city Friday afternoon in an apparent robbery attempt and beat up the men present.

Lexington man in critical condition from Ford County crash

SIBLEY — A Lexington man remained hospitalized Friday in critical condition following a drunken driving crash in western Ford County early Thursday.

Opportunity to come knocking - to be a Catlin volunteer firefighter

CATLIN – Catlin volunteer firefighters are hitting the recruiting trail this Saturday, going door to door, handing out fliers and talking to people about being a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, auxiliary or general volunteer.

Blackhawk Biofuels quickly earns key designation

DANVILLE – Less than eight months after starting production in Danville, Blackhawk Biofuels, LLC has earned BQ-9000 Producer status from the National Biodiesel Board and the National Biodiesel Accreditation Committee.

"Today the petroleum industry is demanding biodiesel from BQ-9000 Producers," Gary Haer, vice president of sales and marketing of Renewable Energy Group, said in a news release. The company is a national biodiesel production and marketing company based in Ames, Iowa. "This certification distinguishes this strategically located, multiple feedstock facility as a high-quality fuel provider for petroleum distributors in Illinois, the greater Midwest region and distributors across the country."