Landlords' trial on violating health codes resumes

URBANA -- An official with an Urbana wastewater treatment company said he saw raw sewage on top of the ground and children running through it at an apartment building complex.

Steve Johnson, president of J&S Wastewater Systems Inc., testified last week in the trial of Eduardo and Bernard Ramos, managers of Cherry Orchard apartments, located between Rantoul and Thomasboro.

Two teens die in a single-vehicle crash in Douglas County

ARCOLA -- Two teens died in a single-vehicle crash west of Arcola on Sunday morning.

According to a Douglas County sheriff's report, Richard A. Helmuth, 18, of Arthur was driving a green 1998 Chevrolet Blazer west on County Road 200 N near 675 E about 2.5 miles west of Arcola when he lost control of the vehicle at 2:36 a.m. Sunday, causing it to overturn.

Power restored in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN Power has been restored to more than 1,400 electric customers in Champaign.

Ameren Illinois spokeswoman Natalie Hemmer said that power was lost in an area of south Champaign when wind caused a wire to break loose, causing a transformer to blow at 1:32 p.m. Sunday.

Hemmer said repairs were completed, with power returning at 2:55 p.m.

It's Your Business: New Thai restaurant opening in Champaign

As if working on a Ph.D. in finance isn't enough to keep him busy, Bangkok native Kevin Akarapunchai has decided to open a Thai restaurant in Champaign.

The business, Let's Take a Seat, opens this weekend in the Village at the Crossing at Windsor and Duncan roads in southwest Champaign.

Culver ready to move on after nearly nine years running Champaign schools

CHAMPAIGN -- Champaign school Superintendent Arthur Culver was brought here in 2002 from a superintendent job in Longview, Texas, with the mandate to close the achievement gap between black and white students and shepherd the district through a federal consent decree aimed at eliminating inequities in the education of black and white students.

Office space demand shows uptick

The phones are ringing again.

Demand for office space in Champaign-Urbana was anything but robust during the recession, and it's not exactly booming. But area brokers have reported a recent uptick in activity.

Admirers glad to see Nugent, Khan honored

Two local men with University of Illinois ties will be honored this week with the Order of Lincoln prize, the state's highest honor for achievement.

Rantoul police officer earns Exchange Club honor

It took Tim Rivest about seven years to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. That is, he was 7 years old when he knew it was police work for him.

While many young boys dress up like police officers and say they want to be a cop when they grow up, Rivest never wavered.

Pet of the Week Mikey

Mikey is a 10 month old neutered tan/white/black Bull Terrier mix, very playful and energetic, recommend no children. He has started his training and is doing well. 

Kraft donates $15,000 to fund Foodmobiles

URBANA -- A $15,000 grant from Kraft Foods will sponsor seven Foodmobiles in coming months for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to fight hunger in underserved communities.