Royal accepts bid for pump house work

ROYAL – The village has accepted a bid for work on the control panel and back-up generator of the water department pump house. Dan McCray bid $25,935 for work on both projects. The project will include an electrical upgrade inside the building and replacing the water controller, McCray said.

St. Joe unlikely to allow chickens

ST. JOSEPH – There will be no cackling within the village limits.

On Tuesday, the village board heard a proposal from resident Bryan Krall to allow residents to have hens at their homes. Krall, a professor at Parkland College, said he felt hens were no more of a nuisance then a cat or a dog. He also said hens provide organic, fresh eggs for families.

American Legion building in Homer up for sale

HOMER – The American Legion building here, where Homer welcomed back Sgt. Paul Lewis in 1981 from his Iranian captivity, is up for sale.

The asking price is $95,000 for the building, which includes a bar.

Bicyclist hurt in accident with car

CHAMPAIGN — A bicyclist was treated and released at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after an accident involving a car on Thursday morning in Champaign.

According to a Champaign police report, officers were called to a crash at Windsor Road and Scottsdale Drive at 7:44 a.m. Thursday.

Champaign officer on leave; decision on discipline appeal months away

CHAMPAIGN – More than 10 months removed from a fatal police shooting that sent a "shockwave" through the city, the officer whose gun discharged is on leave and awaiting the outcome of his appeal of a 30-day suspension.

That outcome isn't likely until next spring.

St. Joe-Ogden to get new sound system for gym

ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be getting a new sound system for the gymnasium.

The school board voted at its August meeting to award a $24,181 contract to C.V. Lloyde of Champaign for the sound system.

Stephen Morris of C.V. Lloyde said the current sound system is 20 years old.

Mountain biking at Kickapoo State Park

Thinking about mountain biking? Here's a look at the people and a great location for it in east central Illinois.

Students make deals to sell tea in 3 local stores

CHAMPAIGN – Tiesta Tea has struck deals to place its custom-blended teas in three local stores – Strawberry Fields, Natural Gourmet and the Walnut Street Tea Co.

Group raises money for food bank's backpack program

When she moved to Champaign 11 years ago, Ana Vieira knew nothing about hunger in the community.

She had never given it much thought back home in Portugal, and to her this university town seemed like "a piece of paradise."

MTD board OKs $13.1 million for 23 hybrid buses

URBANA – Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District officials hope to have 23 new 40-foot buses on the streets by next April.

The MTD board Wednesday authorized spending about $13.1 million in federal, state and local funds to purchase the buses that will replace 1996- and 1997-era buses that have corrosion problems.