Three area businesses to be part of ag expo in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – Three area businesses will be represented at a state food and agricultural product expo this weekend in Springfield.

Country Cheese and More of Arthur, Hannah's Granna's of Charleston and The Homestead Bakery of Arthur are planning exhibits at the Illinois Department of Agriculture's 10th annual Illinois Products Expo.

Police issue minor consumption ticket

PAXTON – A Rankin teen was cited for drinking alcohol after crashing her car in southern Ford County on Monday night.

Illinois State Police at Ashkum refused to release the name of the 16-year-old girl who was injured on Illinois 9 near County Road 2450 E, about 5 miles east of Paxton, about 10:15 p.m. Monday.

Appointments to be made for cooling assistance

URBANA – Darlene Kloeppel hopes a new strategy will help avert a repetition of the long, daily lines of people who tried to sign up for cooling assistance last summer.

"We're using a different strategy this year," said Kloeppel, social service director for the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission.

Tolono noise, drainage issues discussed

TOLONO – Tolono officials are debating how to prioritize some of the biggest issues facing the town.

The village board Tuesday heard from several residents who experienced flooding problems during the recent heavy rains.

Autopsy set for man killed in truck-motorcycle accident

CHAMPAIGN – An autopsy was scheduled for today on a Champaign man who died from injuries he received when his motorcycle collided with a truck in northwest Champaign early Wednesday.

Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Fabian said Caleb Roch, 20, died at 6:44 a.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Accident claims life of longtime coach, educator

SULLIVAN – Current and former students and fellow teachers will miss Joe Marks, but his imprint will be long-felt in several area communities.

Mr. Marks, principal at Sullivan Middle School and former football coach at Arcola High School, was killed as a result of a traffic accident Tuesday morning near his home in rural Moultrie County.

Weather cause of three accidents

CHAMPAIGN – There were no major injuries in a succession of accidents that happened Sunday at U.S. 136 and county road 1100 east in Champaign County.

The Illinois State Police reported that blackout conditions caused by weather and a dust storm in the area were to blame for three accidents along the road.

Lonnie Brooks to headline first Urbana Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival

If you happen to see this black dude wearing a cowboy hat, driving south on Interstate 57 on a motorcycle with a Gibson 335 guitar and Goldtone amp strapped on back, that's Lonnie Brooks heading to Urbana.

"I'll tell you, if I wasn't scared to ride a motorcycle, I'd get one to go to concerts, although I don't read about that many people getting killed on a motorcycle these days," Brooks says from his Chicago home. "I'd sure save money on gas, though."

Three men charged in St. Joseph home invasion

URBANA – Three men are in custody in Champaign County, charged in connection with a brutal attack on an elderly couple in their St. Joseph home last month.

Arrested Wednesday were Jamal T. Williams, 20, of Chicago and Chad K. Todd, 20, who listed an address at the Campus Connections apartments on North Lincoln Avenue in Urbana. Sheriff Dan Walsh said this morning that those arrests were made at Campus Connections about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Philo officials working to correct sewer problems

PHILO – Philo officials are working on correcting storm sewer problems within the village.

Residents of Washington and Van Buren streets Wednesday told the village board about flooding on their properties during heavy rains earlier this month.