UI student uses memory of summer job to devise solar-powered watering system

URBANA — During his high school days, Trey Ward had a summer job watering municipal flower beds in Hinsdale.

Three days a week, he traveled around town with a tank holding hundreds of gallons of water, making sure planters got their fill.

To Ward, it seemed "a huge waste of municipal funds."

Demolition of property next to Palmer Arena nears completion

DANVILLE — City officials expect the demolition project next to the David S. Palmer Arena to be finished this week.

Bob Scott, service and operations manager for the city, said city crews, who are handling the demolition of the two-story, fire-damaged former auto parts store, made good progress last week.

DACC board considers bids for Mary Miller Center

DANVILLE — A $5.2 million project to expand and renovate Danville Area Community College's Mary Miller Center could kick into high gear this week.

DACC trustees on Tuesday will vote on whether to award construction bids for the first phase of the project.


Reports to police

Area police report the following:

One dead, two hurt in 2 accidents at same place

ALLENVILLE — A Mattoon woman was killed and two other people were injured in two accidents at the same location in rural Moultrie County early Sunday morning.

Kid's Building Fair 2011


Kid's Building Fair at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

St. Thomas More High School Graduation 2011

Graduation festivities at St. Thomas More High School in Champaign on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Fisher High School Graduation 2011


Graduation festivities at Fisher High School in Fisher on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Tornado watch extended until 4 a.m. Monday

UPDATED 8:54 p.m.

The National Weather Service has extended a tornado watch until 4 a.m. Monday for Cass, Champaign, Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties.

It's Your Business: Strip mall planned near Lowe's

A suburban Chicago developer has purchased land in front of Lowe's in Champaign and is planning a small strip mall there.

The two businesses planned to be located at 1902 N. Prospect Ave. will be an Aspen Dental office and an AT&T Wireless store.