Garden Fresh: Tart rhubarb a classic with strawberries

Rhubarb – it's in the gardens and at farmers' markets and produce sections. The rhubarb stalks are often paired with strawberries and put into jams and jellies, pies and ice cream toppings.

Rhubarb is by nature tart and requires lots of sugar. The leaves need to be cut off and thrown away because they are poisonous.

Hearing on Champaign consent decree set for August

PEORIA – The hearing on whether the Champaign school district's consent decree will end or be extended will be Aug. 3 in federal court in Peoria.

District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade set the hearing date, as well as a date for a pretrial conference, during a telephone status conference with the lawyers from each side Tuesday.

Rantoul man pleads innocent to sex assault charges

RANTOUL – A Rantoul man pleaded innocent on Tuesday to three counts of criminal sexual assault.

According to a Rantoul police report, Antwan Carter, 24, who listed an address in Rantoul, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Saturday at a home on Harmon Drive near Maplewood Drive.

Rantoul man pleads innocent to drug charge

RANTOUL – A Rantoul man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $5,000 bond after he was arrested on charges of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine.

George Kimble, 42, who listed an address on the 600 block of Autumn Fields Lane, Rantoul, pleaded innocent Tuesday to one count of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony.

Urbana alderman proposes lower liquor license fee

URBANA – An Urbana alderman wants to lower liquor-license fees by 10 percent, saying the city's fees are the highest in the area.

Dennis Roberts, D-Ward 5, made the last-minute proposal at Tuesday's committee-of-the-whole meeting.

Champaign service honors fallen police officers

CHAMPAIGN – Scores of people, including nearly 30 police officers and firefighters, turned out to remember two men killed decades apart.

The gathering at West Side Park was for Champaign's Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Tuesday, postponed from earlier this month by rain.

Simple recipes make for some Major League eating

Take me out to the ball game – or let me stay home and eat what I want.

Those peanuts and Cracker Jacks can't be beat for White Sox, Cubs or Cardinals games. But with just a little extra time you can create some homemade game-watching treats that will fill that hankering for bigger and better crunch and goodness.

Woman crashes car through building

CHAMPAIGN  — Champaign police and rescue personnel responded to a business in west Champaign late Wednesday afternoon where an elderly woman apparently drove her car through a brick wall.

Emergency personnel were called to the Matzner Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 1712 S. Duncan Road, C, at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday. The woman did not appear to be seriously injured but firefighters summoned a structural engineer to check out the building.




Westville mayor makes choices for 2 empty positions

WESTVILLE – Mayor Jeff Ellis appointed a newcomer and an experienced village official Tuesday to fill vacant positions in the village.

Ellis chose former mayor Jeff Slavik to be the zoning administrator and newcomer Marc Reynolds to fill a vacant seat on the village board.

South Side students get hands-on with Eastern music

CHAMPAIGN – Listen in on Karinsa Moline's music classroom this week and you're likely to hear the plucking of sitar strings, the jingling of ankle bells and the strains of a flute.

Moline's students at South Side Elementary School have been studying Indian and Sri Lankan music, and they've made their own instruments.