Bulk food service to start in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A food service aimed at saving money through bulk purchasing will start next month in northern Champaign County.

It will mark the third such program to have started in Rantoul. The first two ceased local operations.

Covenant to become smoke-free next month

URBANA — Provena Covenant Medical Center will become a smoke-free campus Nov. 17.

Covenant currently bans smoking in the main hospital building and within 15 feet of the entrance.

But next month, Covenant will join its sister campus in Danville, United Samaritans Medical Center, and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana in banning smoking on its entire medical campus.

Part of Webber Street to be closed Monday

URBANA — Webber Street in Urbana will be closed to through traffic between Oregon Street and Washington Street beginning at 7 a.m. Monday while the city makes sanitary-sewer repairs.

All residents along the street will be able to access their properties during the project.

The project is scheduled to be completed at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Urbana school will have assembly to remind kids of safety for Halloween

After a series of attempted abductions of schoolchildren this fall, kids are being encouraged to celebrate Halloween safely this year.

King Elementary School in Urbana will have a Stranger Danger Assembly this Halloween.

It's Your Business: Rainbow Gardens opens 2nd C-U site

A second location of the Chinese restaurant Rainbow Garden has opened in Champaign-Urbana.

The original Rainbow Garden restaurant in Champaign, at 1402 S. Neil St., opened in 1999, and current owner Zhiyuan Song bought the business in 2005. The new restaurant is in the Gateway Shoppes shopping center at 202 E. University Ave., U.

Police review board moves to front burner again

This is an updated version of a story that appeared in print on Oct. 23.

CHAMPAIGN — As the police department prepares to turn a corner with high-ranking leaders approaching retirement, a city council member says he has enough of his colleagues interested in a citizen police review board to get a discussion going.

Need for transit greater than expected in northern Champaign County

RANTOUL — When CRIS Rural Mass Transit District began serving residents of northern Champaign County, officials figured it would take two years to reach the ridership levels of 1,000 passengers a month.

It didn't take nearly that long — only a few months.

Ministry offers ex-inmates avenue for change

RANTOUL — A former Holiday Inn Jr. on the village's south side could easily be named "The Second Chance Inn."

The former roadhouse does more than house people needing a place to stay. It's a 10-month stopping point for many former prison inmates wanting to turn their lives around.

Ministry's director has plenty of support

RANTOUL — Peter Schneider, director of Jesus is the Way Prison Ministries, remembers the first time he set foot in a prison.

The place was the state prison in Danville. The year was 1994.

"It was stark," he said. "It was very intimidating. The people who were running it seemed pretty aggressive as far as not cutting you any slack."

Champaign police union defends officers' actions

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign police union is urging people who are angry about the arrest of Calvin Miller to wait for all the facts.