Always there for his patrons, cab driver has earned loyal regular following

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was written for the literary feature writing class of College of Media Interim Dean Walt Harrington. Zanona has taken a job with Roll Call in Washington, D.C.


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It's Your Business: New shop to feature flowers, balloons

A new floral and balloon shop will open next month in Urbana.

A Pink Poppy will open in the former Balloon Creations space at 202 W. University Ave. Balloon Creations is now housed inside the Jason's Barbecue and Pizza restaurant at 608 W. Town Center Blvd., C.

How council members feel about gas tax in Urbana

URBANA - Most Urbana council members are at least willing to talk about the proposal for a local gas tax.

Charlie Smyth, D-1, supports the idea, saying a motor fuels tax is a "user fee."

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WISCONSIN: Faculty at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Superior form unions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Faculty at University of Wisconsin campuses in Eau Claire and Superior are the first academic workers to form unions in the state.

Champaign, Urbana protective of their brick supplies

CHAMPAIGN – City officials are not complaining about having been hit by about 1,300 tons of bricks.

When Champaign public works staff in 1999 bought 292,800 bricks straight out of the ground of an East St. Louis stockyard, they say they were looking to the future of their antique roads.

State's nursing home investigation based on incident in which patient fell, later died

URBANA – A recent state investigation of the Champaign County Nursing Home was precipitated by an incident in which a female patient at the facility fell, suffered an injury that went undetected and died several days later.

Woman critically injured in Urbana domestic dispute

URBANA — A woman remained in critical condition Sunday evening after being hurt in an alleged domestic dispute in Urbana Saturday afternoon.

Urbana police Sgt. Adam Chacon said police were sent to the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1000 block of West Clark Street where a woman was found injured at 12:15 p.m..

Street work scheduled on Mattis, Devonshire in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Drivers can expect lane restrictions beginning Monday as contractors complete street work on Mattis Avenue and Devonshire Drive.

Traffic on Mattis will be reduced to two lanes between Kirby Avenue and Windsor Road, and on Devonshire between Mattis and Lakeside Drive.

Shelby Motors gets Chrysler franchise

CHAMPAIGN – Jennifer Shelby says she hopes to have 20 to 30 Chryslers in a month or so, now that her dealership, Shelby Motors, officially has the Chrysler franchise in Champaign-Urbana.

The dealership, which already sells Dodges, Jeeps and Ram trucks, had expected to pick up Chrysler last June.

Cash crunch again threatens Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club

CHAMPAIGN – For the fourth time this decade, the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club is appealing for community help to keep its doors open.

The club won't be able to offer its popular summer program for children and teens unless it raises about $175,000 by June 1, and another $173,000 by July 1, board President Toney Tomaso said Friday.