Consultants to bring in $450,000 more for work at UI

Consultants will receive up to $450,000 more to help UI leaders on team-building

The University of Illinois has renewed a contract worth almost half a million dollars with a consulting company to help implement strategic plans initiated by the university's former leaders and to develop a "team-based approach to decision making," according to the contract.

Countywide electronics recycling collection set for Saturday

URBANA – Residents will have an opportunity to drop off old or unwanted electronics items for recycling, at no charge, on Saturday.

The residential electronics collection will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, at 3202 Apollo Drive, C.

Discussion resumes this week on fate of health department

DANVILLE – Next week, additional employee and program cuts take effect at the Vermilion County Health Department, whittling down its work force and services by almost half.

But the downsizing may continue as county board officials launch into discussions again this week about the future of the financially embattled agency.

Carrie Busey kids plan 'can shake' benefit

CHAMPAIGN – Penny jar overflowing? Pockets full of change?

The fourth-graders at Carrie Busey Elementary School in Champaign have an eye on your cash. For a cause, of course.

They're raising money all this week for the Crisis Nursery of Champaign County, and they're going to make it easy for you.

Crime Report

Area police report the following:


— 500 block of East University Avenue: Scrap metal taken Friday.

— 700 block of South Fifth Street: Driver’s license missing Thursday.

Advertising trophy leads contest honors for News-Gazette

SPRINGFIELD – The News-Gazette won the James S. Copley Trophy for advertising achievement for daily newspapers for 2009 at the Illinois Press Association's annual convention in Springfield.

Lumber prices increasing as production remains slow; more raises likely

CHAMPAIGN – If you calculated the price of installing a new deck last year but never got around to building it, you'd better update your figures.

Lumber prices have been climbing this year, and some lumberyard operators say an end isn't in sight yet.

Pantry volunteers take time to learn Spanish while helping those in need

URBANA – "Te gustaria que le ayudara?" has replaced "Would you like me to help you?" at one area food pantry.

Two dozen volunteers at the pantry offered by Wesley United Methodist Church have taken a basic Spanish class to learn how to communicate with Hispanic clients.

It's Your Business: Hip-hop shop now open on North Prospect

A new store featuring hip-hop clothing and accessories has opened on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign.

Activewear, located in the former Rest Spot furniture store at 1505 N. Prospect Ave. by Good Vibes, opened this spring.

Dives in Micronesia show World War II remnants, sea's beauty

Truk Lagoon (now known as Chuuk) is a volcanic atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. Today it is one of the world's most fascinating destinations for scuba diving.