Graduation 2011: Mahomet-Seymour

Scenes from the 2011 Mahomet Seymour High School commencement May 29, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Here's a roundup of information about Memorial Day, which is celebrated Monday, starting with the proclamation issued by President Obama.

It's Your Business: New golf shop joins the club in C-U

A golf store is set to open in Champaign next month.

Golf Etc. will be in the Baytowne Shoppes, 907 W. Marketview Drive, #7, by Buffalo Wild Wings. It will offer club fittings and repair as well as new equipment.

Graphic designer digs in quickly and learns on the fly as she plans fruit farm

MONTICELLO — Fresh manure, 1-year-old manure or really well-aged manure?

Terry Neutz Hayden needed to fertilize the new beds where she would plant blueberry and raspberry bushes and strawberries, and she was faced with a dilemma.

Who knew there were so many different kinds of manure?

Enrollees get 2 chances to pick 'right' health plan

SPRINGFIELD — State employees and retirees who don't like the health insurance choices they make by the new June 17 enrollment deadline are going to get a second chance later in the year.

Urbana crime by the numbers

Southeast Urbana crime raises concerns

URBANA — Crime in southeast Urbana is "like a wave coming in," resident Pat Johnson says.

He moved to the area in the mid-1990s to raise his children, and just 15 years ago or so, he did not worry about break-ins or beatings.

Add glass to list for Danville recycler

DANVILLE — Web Innovations Technology Inc. in Danville is now accepting glass for recycling from both residents and businesses in Vermilion and surrounding counties.

The company, familiarly known as WITS, has been taking computer equipment and other electronics, plus newspapers, books and magazines, office paper, plastic, cardboard, tin and aluminum for some time.

UI scientist worried over lack of compliance with Bt rules

Millions of acres of corn are being planted around the state, and many of those acres will be planted with Bt corn, genetically modified corn that can kill insects that otherwise could have reduced corn yields.

But a University of Illinois scientist is worried that not enough farmers are following environmental guidelines that come with planting such corn.

Map awaits Quinn's signature, may face Republican court challenge

SPRINGFIELD — In less than eight hours, Illinois Democrats passed out of both houses a new map of House and Senate legislative districts aimed at strengthening their grip on state politics.

All that is needed now is the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn, also a Democrat. A legal challenge, though, is considered possible.