Winter costs piling up in Danville

DANVILLE – It's not just snow that's been piling up this winter. Overtime costs have too.

This week's winter wallop cost the city of Danville $10,175 in overtime costs through midnight Wednesday, according to Gayle Brandon, city comptroller.

Early American Museum to get updated identity

MAHOMET – Get ready for a new identity for the Early American Museum.

The museum, located at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve near Mahomet since 1968, is changing its name to Museum of the Grand Prairie.

Paxton will tow vehicles from downtown if not moved by 7 p.m.

PAXTON — Vehicles parked downtown will be towed if left there after 7 p.m. Thursday, when city workers will begin removing piles of snow from the middle of Market Street.

Man charged with sex crime

URBANA — A 47-year-old Urbana man has been charged with a sex-related crime involving a teen-age girl.

Pet of the Week Duke

Duke is an 8 month old neutered tan Chihuahua, very energetic,playful and happy.

UI proposes closing Institute of Aviation

The interim chancellor and provost of the University of Illinois are recommending that the UI's Institute of Aviation be closed.

Champaign invokes sidewalk rule

UPDATED 12:45 p.m.

Champaign activated its sidewalk-clearing rules Thursday morning, meaning that sidewalks must have a four-foot-wide path clear (unless the sidewalk is less than four feet, in which case the whole sidewalk must be clear) by 11 a.m. Saturday.

Meijer launches online grocery-shopping service

Snowbound? Need some groceries? Don't plan on leaving your home for several days?

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocery chain Meijer this week has launched a new online grocery-shopping service that allows customers to purchase food and other items online, then have the items shipped to their doorstep.

Danville ReStore bringing in income for Habitat

DANVILLE – Bob Marble, manager of the Habitat ReStore, knew the income from the facility would soon be sponsoring a house-build, but was a little surprised it would be the first house of 2011.

"We knew we'd brought in enough money and then some to do a house, but just didn't know which one it would be this year," Marble said.

East Central Illinois largely spared by storm

CHAMPAIGN – As mean as Tuesday's winter storm was, it could have been much worse.

"This was bad, but it really didn't reach the level they put out, storm of the century," said Bill Keller, the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency director. "It really wasn't for us."