'Vision workshop' byword for downtown Urbana: Destination

URBANA – Imagine a community skating rink at the county plaza in downtown Urbana, or an "Italian" plaza with shops and restaurants someplace downtown, or an indoor space for a year-round market or "swap meet."

Mates relocated, finally reunited: Swans together at Loda lake

LODA – The mute swans that had been a couple at Rantoul's Glenwood Lake are paired up again.

By order of Rantoul Mayor Neal Williams, the female swan and her eggs were taken from Glenwood Lake. An examination at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine clinic determined the eggs were not fertile.

Documents you probably don't need cost $1 to $12 at county offices, up to $89 from business

DANVILLE – If you've gotten a very official-looking letter from Illinois Deed Provider Inc. and are wondering how they got all your information and just how important it is to have a certified copy of the deed to your property, you are just beginning to ask the right questions.

Life remembered: Robin Orr's tireless advocacy for nutrition education

CHAMPAIGN – People who knew Robin Orr remember her as a tireless advocate for the needy who was dedicated to improving lives and health through better nutrition.

A University of Illinois Extension specialist who became a state and national leader in community nutrition education, Ms. Orr died Thursday.

Crimes reported to police

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Water company work will close lanes on Bowman in Danville

DANVILLE – The Vermilion Division of Aqua Illinois Inc. will be replacing about 3,000 feet of water mains that will cause lane closures on Bowman Avenue, beginning Monday.

The lane closures will last about one week at the intersection of Bowman Avenue and Crestview Avenue in Danville.

New home 'means the world' to latest recipient of Habitat home in Danville

DANVILLE – Nikisha Hamilton always dreamed of having a home that she and her four children could call their own.

She never dreamed it would be a new one, built especially for them.

Habitat seeks more homeowners

Interested in owning a Habitat home?

Habitat for Humanity of Danville officials are looking for people who are interested in owning a Habitat home.

They will hold an application drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22 at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.

Caution urged as Danville starts resurfacing projects on city streets

DANVILLE - Street resurfacing projects are scheduled to begin Monday in Danville and will reduce traffic to one lane at times.

Resurfacing will be done on portions of Logan Avenue, Williams Street, Voorhees Street, Avenue A, and Bensyl Avenue, but work will begin Monday on Logan Avenue, according to the city of Danville.

State fines Champaign County Nursing Home $50,000

URBANA – The Champaign County Nursing Home has been slapped with $50,000 in fines and threatened with further sanctions over violations of state public health regulations.

But the administrator of the nursing home said the penalties are being appealed and that he expects them to be reduced.