Some recyclables may end up in landfill

CHAMPAIGN – Sorting through rumors among Champaign County trash haulers might be as involved as sorting through the trash itself.

Big haulers will blame the little guys – independent haulers sometimes blame the garbage giants.

But does some of what Champaign County residents put in recycling bins end up in the landfill?

Champaign firm 'vigorously defending' itself in state case

CHAMPAIGN – The state agency that regulates investment advisors, sellers of securities and similar businesses is looking into whether a Champaign firm should be barred from selling financial products in the state.

Doctor retiring after half-century on the job

CHAMPAIGN – Dr. David Hamilton remembers a time when he got to know his patients, and they got to know him.

He remembers when practicing medicine meant doing it all, from delivering babies to seeing cancer patients at their homes, and when a doctor could still determine what was best for patients without managed care companies interfering.

Federal food aid usage rises

Champaign native Miesha Jones spends the $315 a month she receives in federal food assistance benefits at Sam's Club.

Jones, the single mother of a 3-year-old daughter, usually takes her monthly shopping trip to the bulk shopping club or, on occasion, Wal-Mart.

Urbana council to take up wind turbines, 1875 home

URBANA – The city council on Monday again will look at whether to protect a 135-year-old home near downtown with a historic landmark designation or possibly let the owner turn it into a parking lot.

SNAP basics

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – SNAP – benefits are provided through an electronic card system, much like a debit card.

They can be used to buy most food or food products, including fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets across Illinois.

Other foods that SNAP benefits can buy include:

Champaign school board to hold hearing on budget

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board will have a public hearing on its 2010-11 budget when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

The board was scheduled to hold the public hearing, then adopt the budget, on Sept. 13. That meeting was canceled because of a power outage.

Gifford firefighters keep barn fire from nearby propane tank

GIFFORD – Gifford firefighters put out a fire at an old barn Saturday night that its owner wanted to tear down anyway.

But Gifford Fire Chief Rich McFadden said they did so because there was a nearby liquid propane tank on Jeff Flessner's property.

Cause of collapse of Cargill grain bin in Villa Grove undetermined

VILLA GROVE – Engineers are still trying to determine what caused a grain bin with 85,000 bushels of wheat to collapse late Friday night at the Cargill wheat facility on the east edge of Villa Grove.

The cost of the structural damage to the facility is also still being determined. Three out of the five bins built in 1977 sustained some sort of damage in the incident.

New Dobbins Downs Playground

Hundreds of community volunteers pour plenty of sweat into building the new Dobbins Downs Playground on Campbell Drive in Champaign, Ill on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. The playground was funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Dobbins Downs Community Improvement Association, KaBOOM! and volunteers within the community.