Homer sewage-treatment plant delays prove frustrating


HOMER – It's been eight years since Homer village officials voted to build a sewage-treatment facility, and the long wait with delays in planning, funding and permitting has Mayor David Lucas frustrated.

"Cumulatively, as the Village of Homer looks at this process, it's a very long process," Lucas said. "And there are different reasons for it. But now we're down to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency not providing these permits. The net of this is, it's been eight years in the making, and people are getting weary and want to see some progress, and now we're up against a bureaucratic wall."


Urbana High School freshmen begin learning the ropes

URBANA – This might as well be a maze.

It's about 10 a.m., and students powerwalk in circles, trying to find rooms, only to find, instead, hallways leading right back to where they started.

Provena Covenant Medical Center loses tax exemption again

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center will lose its property-tax exemption once again.

The 4th District Appellate Court on Wednesday afternoon sided with the Illinois Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities and ruled against the hospital, overturning a circuit-court ruling from last summer that restored Covenant's exemption.

Driver not seriously injured in I-57 accident

CHAMPAIGN – The driver of a semitrailer tractor truck that rolled over west of Champaign was not seriously injured, Illinois State Police said.

Master Sgt. Rory Steidl said preliminary information is that the driver was headed south on Interstate 57, just north of I-74, at 11:25 a.m. Thursday when he left the road for an unknown reason. His rig crossed through the median and went into a cornfield, where it rolled over.

Man escapes as train hits pickup truck

THOMASBORO – Ronald Hamilton had to make a quick decision after the engine on his pickup truck died as he was crossing railroad tracks near Thomasboro.

Hamilton, 67, of Rantoul said he looked out of his truck window and saw the train about 50 feet away.

Police looking for suspect in Savoy gas station robbery

SAVOY – Champaign County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who robbed a Savoy gas station this morning.

Sgt. Dan Coile said a man came in the Thornton gas station at 101 Burwash Ave. shortly after 1 a.m., carrying a white bag in his hand.

Police make arrest in street robbery; two men get away

URBANA – Police arrested an Urbana man for a street robbery Thursday night.

Samuel R. Jones, 19, who listed an address in the 1300 block of North Lincoln Avenue, was arrested for robbery, according to Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan.

Unit 7 board approves tentative budget in the black

TOLONO – The Unit 7 school board on Wednesday approved a tentative $14.29 million budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year, an increase over last year's $13.37 million budget.

The proposed spending plan is on display for 30 days at the district's administrative building at 408 N. Central St. Board members will vote on its adoption at their 7 p.m. Sept. 30 meeting so that it can be filed with the State Board of Education.

South Lift Station in Tuscola in need of repairs

TUSCOLA – Immediate repairs are required at the South Lift Station in Tuscola because a concrete pedestal, which holds a 75-horsepower pump, is disintegrating, according to city Administrator Drew Hoel.

He said he is meeting with engineers and contractors, and estimated repairs would cost five figures.

Monticello officials OK pool bathhouse project

MONTICELLO – Monticello's community swimming pool will have its bathhouse reconstructed for an estimated cost of $1 million.

The council approved the project earlier this week, 6-2. The entire pool renovation project is estimated at nearly $3 million.