Six fire officials, two vehicles on way to Louisiana to help

The Champaign and Savoy fire departments are sending a total of six department members to Louisiana to assist in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, which swept through Monday and Tuesday.

Savoy sent three firefighters and a fire engine, and Champaign sent a deputy chief, a captain and a lieutenant, as well as an incident command vehicle. They left at 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Champaign Fire Department press release.

Low-cost spay, neuter clinic for pets to be held Saturday

URBANA – The Central Illinois Animal Welfare Coalition will hold its second low-cost feline spay/neuter clinic of the year Saturday.

The one-day clinic is being held by appointment at two locations: the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main St., U, and the nearby Champaign County Animal Services Facility, 10 S. Art Bartell Road.

Tolono trustees get update on TIF district funds

TOLONO – The village board has some decisions to make about its tax increment financing district.

The board Tuesday heard from Dan Walker, vice president of Thomas N. Jacob & Associates, a Bloomington-based consulting firm hired by the village to administer its tax increment financing district, which was formed in 2002.

Philo using TV ads to promote fall festival

PHILO – Philo is coming to a TV near you.

Dan Ault, one of the organizers of the Philo Fall Festival, told fellow village board members Wednesday that a campaign is under way to promote the first festival the town has had in years. The committee has planned three live TV interviews and 22 television ads to promote the festival, which will be held Sept. 26-28.

Financial-planning firm to use different name

A local company will change its name and logo after the State Universities Retirement System asked it to do so, to avoid "potential confusion" with the retirement agency.

The retirement agency, commonly known as SURS, asked SURS Assist to stop using its name and a SURS-like logo in its marketing of financial services.

Accident kills Piper City man

LaHOGUE – A Piper City man was killed in a single-car accident early today in western Iroquois County.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said Gregory C. Regnier, 60, of Piper City, formerly of Ashkum, was driving west on Illinois 24 at Iroquois County Road 110 East near LaHogue when he lost control and went into the left ditch. The car overturned and Mr. Regnier, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown into the back seat.

Truck driver in I-74 crash says she blacked out

OAKWOOD – A Missouri woman was injured Wednesday morning when her semitrailer truck went into a ditch while she was driving on Interstate 74 near Oakwood.

Kimberly Jo Byer, 48, was eastbound at 6:45 a.m., just east of Oakwood, when she went off the right side of the highway and into the ditch.

IEPA OKs sewer upgrades for northwest C-U treatment plant

URBANA – Some $39 million in improvements to the local sanitary sewer system are moving ahead.

Champaign County Circuit Court roundup

URBANA – The following criminal cases were resolved recently in Champaign County Circuit Court with guilty pleas or sentences imposed by judges:

– Robert Wheeler, 24, of the 300 block of Edgebrook Drive, Champaign, was resentenced to three years in prison for a 2007 conviction for aggravated battery of a pregnant person.

Records show Rantoul's White Hall now on its fifth owner

RANTOUL – The largest building on the former Chanute Air Force Base has a new owner.

According to records at the Champaign County Assessor's office, White Hall has been bought by a company listed as Future Planning Credit Services, 1 Eves Drive, Suite 111, Marlton, N.J.