Champaign County Board delays discussion on zoning and coal mine

URBANA – Champaign County Board members deferred for a month any discussion about the need for zoning changes in response to a possible coal mine in southeastern Champaign County.

"It's just too much too fast," said Urbana Democrat Steve Beckett. "I don't think there is going to be a worthwhile discussion tonight. It's just too early."

Ludlow approves deal with eye to purchase of snow plow

LUDLOW – The village of Ludlow wants to be prepared for winter.

The village board has agreed to enter into a resolution for three years with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services in Springfield, which will allow the village to purchase items at better, government prices.

Ordinance allowing golf carts on Mansfield streets OK'd

MANSFIELD – Trustees voted 5-0 on Monday to allow golf carts on village streets. Village residents who have questions about the ordinance can contact Trustee Jeff Lindenbaum.

Catlin board approves street changes around grade school

CATLIN – Village officials approved some traffic control changes around Catlin Grade School on Tuesday.

Sidney trustees want alcohol restricted at future fests

SIDNEY – Sidney officials want to make sure that alcohol stays in designated areas during future street festivals.

The village board has voted to support Village President John Finn, who serves as liquor commissioner, if he issues an order prohibiting outdoor possession or consumption of alcohol on certain occasions like Sidney Summer Fun Daze.

Farmer City begins search for new city manager

FARMER CITY – Council members voted to advertise for a new city manager and accept applications for the next 30 days. They also approved City Clerk Sandy Shaw to conduct regular city business if the mayor is unavailable.

Carle, state reach agreement on hearing in tax exemption case

URBANA – The Carle Foundation and the Illinois Department of Revenue have reached an agreement that paves the way for Carle to continue seeking a property tax exemption in circuit court.

Sex abuse charges filed against Urbana man in custody on different case

URBANA – An Urbana man already in custody awaiting trial on charges of child molestation has had additional charges lodged against him.

County Market buys two Jerry's IGA stores; Round Barn grocery to close

CHAMPAIGN – The Jerry's IGA grocery chain will close one of its last two stores in Champaign-Urbana and sell the other, along with its store in Rantoul, to the owners of local County Market stores, both companies announced Tuesday.

The Jerry's IGA at 2110 Round Barn Road, C, will be closed.

Remaining groceries belonging to Kirby Foods

After the sale of the Kirby Avenue and Rantoul IGA groceries to Niemann Foods and the closure of the Round Barn store, Kirby Foods will continue to operate the following 15 stores: