It's Your Business: Ex-Baker's Square site going Asian

An Asian restaurant is expected to open early next year in the former Baker's Square building near Market Place Mall in Champaign.

Ginger Asian Bistro, 1902 Center Drive, will feature Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean food when it opens.

Area update

Financing settled for Monticello pool project

MONTICELLO – The city council has finalized financing for the swimming pool project.

Champaign County getting new bomb-sniffing dog

URBANA – Champaign County will soon have a new four-legged employee around the courthouse in downtown Urbana.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said 2-year-old Gunner, a male German shepherd from Slovakia, officially started with the sheriff's office Monday, Nov. 23. Court security officer Tim Pavlik is in training with him now at the Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind. Walsh said he hopes the two of them will be at work in the courthouse around Christmas.

Crime report

In crimes reported recently to area police:


– Staley Road Storage, 309 S. Staley Road: Unit broken into between Nov. 2 and 14; boom box, duffle bags and several collectibles, estimated to be worth $1,053, stolen.

School board to hear more about Garden Hills project

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board will hear more about plans for an addition to Garden Hills Elementary School when it meets next week.

The board will meet for a study session at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

Inspectors, owner to take close look at Harwal Hotel building

DANVILLE - City inspectors are planning to walk through the Harwal Hotel building on Tuesday, along with the owner Eric Williams, to identify what needs to be done with the vacant structure, according to city officials.

John Heckler, public development director for the city, said building, plumbing, electrical and fire inspectors will examine the interior of the Harwal, which has been vacant since August 2007.

Tuscola wins state championship

Tuscola's football team has won the Class 1A state football championship.

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Assessment complaint reviews nearly finished

URBANA – A record number of Champaign County residents protested their real estate assessments this year.

And although final statistics won't be available for several months, history suggests that the majority of those challenging their assessment will get some kind of positive outcome from the Champaign County Board of Review.

Recent crimes reported to police

Crimes reported recently to area police.

Large-scale crib recall has parents alarmed

With a 2-year-old son and another baby on the way, Jeff and Jessica Clochesy are keenly interested in crib safety.

So the Champaign couple were relieved to learn that this week's massive crib recall did not include their model, which they bought secondhand several years ago.