No one reported injured in rural house fire

MUNCIE – No injuries were reported in a fire that consumed a modular house in Muncie.

Fire districts from Fithian-Muncie-Collison, Oakwood and Ogden-Royal responded to a call that came in around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The fire occurred at a location near 15286 N. County Road 450 East and was extinguished around 9 p.m.

Banana Republic to open this fall

CHAMPAIGN – A Banana Republic store will open at Market Place Mall in the fall, according to mall marketing manager Carrie Nicholson.

The 6,500-square-foot store is set to open in the Sears wing, and will displace three existing stores that will be moving soon to other areas of the mall so construction on the new store can begin by June, Nicholson said.

Danville police cars may be fitted with new video equipment

DANVILLE – The Danville Police Department could receive new video cameras for its patrol cars.

The city council's public works committee approved a resolution to buy about $113,000 in camera equipment for 19 patrol cars at its Tuesday meeting.

Curtis Orchard owners say apple crop survived cold snap

CHAMPAIGN – Fans of Curtis Orchard's Honeycrisp apples will be happy to know they're going to be OK.

Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Arkansas Blacks – a popular variety that's rare in Illinois – also weathered recent frigid temperatures well, said Randy Graham, an owner of the Champaign orchard who has spent sleepless nights the past week monitoring digital thermometers, checking about 50 heaters and stoking eight fires to keep his crop alive.

Rantoul residents worry about impact of closing

RANTOUL – Rantoul residents are concerned about how uncertainty over the future of Collins & Aikman will affect the community.

Rantoul real estate agent Gary Crane said that while he is concerned about how the possible loss of Collins & Aikman will affect property values, he doesn't expect those values to change.

Employees say they'll wait, see on closings

RANTOUL – Tim Collings of Rantoul said he was surprised when he and fellow employees at Collins & Aikman received letters saying the company's three Rantoul plants could close in 60 days.

"I was absolutely concerned they were going to shut the doors when we got that letter," said Collings, who has worked in the molding department for 22 years.

Enterprise zone project gets nod from Vermilion board

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Board on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported expanding the enterprise zone to the Vermilion County Airport in an effort to bring an international air charter service there.

But two board members expressed concern that the county will lose some sales tax revenue in the tentative project and that construction work wouldn't be opened up to multiple bidders.

Chicago man shot in the leg in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A Chicago man was shot in the leg early Sunday in Champaign.

Police said today they are continuing the investigation of the shooting in the 1100 block of North Walnut Street about 3:40 a.m. Sunday.

Three Urbana school board hopefuls list strengths

URBANA – The three candidates in the Urbana school district's only contested race each emphasize a unique skill they would bring to the school board.

Incumbent John Dimit said his 20 years of experience on the board will help the district as it faces a great deal of change, including its first new superintendent in 15 years, and a number of teacher and administrator retirements.

Bond set for man accused in drug case

CHAMPAIGN – An Urbana man is accused of having drugs for sale.

Harvey Blakely, 21, who listed an address in the 600 block of Phillips Drive, Urbana, was arraigned Monday on a Class 1 felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

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