Paxton council expected to take up golf cart ordinance

PAXTON – Aldermen will look at a golf cart ordinance next month.

The license, permit and zoning committee voted 3-1 to recommend a full council vote on allowing golf carts on city streets.

Champaign giving away wood from last month's big storm

CHAMPAIGN – The June 19 windstorm that swept through Champaign cost the city 41 trees, some of them large. But it has meant a bit of a windfall for local and area residents looking for free firewood.

The storm left the city with 40 truckloads of large-diameter logs stored behind the public works building at 702 Edgebrook Drive. The city is delivering truckloads of those logs to interested residents, for free, to people living within 15 miles of the city – though the supply is largely gone.

Tried and True: Traci Nally's raspberry Streusel Bars

"The raspberry bars are a seasonal favorite of mine," writes Traci Nally of Champaign, vice president of human resources at The News-Gazette. "I pick the raspberries from my own garden. The raspberry taste is great, and not too sweet; just right. Everyone loves them."

Nally found the recipe in Cook's Illustrated magazine, the September-October 2005 issue.

Most area banks turned decent profits in second quarter

Initial reports from area banks with publicly traded stock indicate most had profitable second quarters – though not nearly as profitable as last year.

Only two of the seven area banking companies that have announced second-quarter earnings reported net losses, and those were Regions Financial and First Busey.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm board approves loan for payroll

GEORGETOWN – School officials voted Monday to borrow money to cover payroll costs this week, and plan to repay the loan soon.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district Superintendent Greg Irwin said the three district payrolls in July each run about $185,000, and that the education fund does not have enough left in it to meet the third payroll.

Newpaper rack/art project proposal gains steam in Urbana

URBANA – The city council appears prepared to support a proposed combination newspaper rack and public art project at the Champaign County Courthouse, despite the higher-than-expected cost.

But aldermen said this week they also want to try getting private donations toward the project to offset some of the estimated cost, which could reach $66,000.

Danville, Rantoul win grant to hire more officers

DANVILLE – Danville and Rantoul could be putting more police officers on the streets using almost $1 million in new federal dollars between the two cities.

Westville looking to boost security on village properties

WESTVILLE – Two recent incidents are causing village officials to consider tightening up security on some village properties.

Authorities warn about scammers in online sales

Delete it.

That's what you should do, according to police, if you receive an e-mail from someone who wants to buy an item you posted for sale online and offers a check for way over the amount you've asked for.

Motorcyclist dies from injuries in July 21 crash

URBANA – A Hume man has died from injuries he received in a motorcycle crash last week in Edgar County.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Cory G. Barrett, 32, died at 5:28 p.m. Monday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana from a head injury he received July 21.