Birkey's buying Farm Pride equipment dealers

CHAMPAIGN — Birkey's Farm Store Inc. has agreed to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Casey, Mattoon, Newton and Shelbyville.

The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.

Top of the morning, July 28, 2016

Paul Magelli still plans to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

That's the word coming from the cardiac intensive care unit at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic, where the longtime and decorated UI business prof is on the mend after heart surgery.

CC Fair Midway 2016

Scenes from the Champaign County Fair in Urbana on Wed., July 27, 2016.

Women charged with robbery, aggravated battery

URBANA — Two Urbana women who allegedly mugged another woman outside a campus area party last weekend have been criminally charged.

Leondra Hopkins, 19, of the 1000 block of East Kerr Avenue, and Danasia Burnside, 21, of the 900 block of Country Squire Drive, remain free after appearing in court Monday on charges of robbery and aggravated battery.

'There are no moral restraints on how far he's willing to go'

URBANA — Calling Kevin Kelley an "untenable and unacceptable risk to society," a Champaign County judge sentenced him Wednesday to what is effectively life behind bars for murdering a Sidney woman almost four years ago.

Car rams into Rantoul homes

RANTOUL — Two Rantoul homes were damaged Wednesday afternoon when they were struck by a vehicle.

Fire damage at Danville facility may reach $1 million

DANVILLE — Danville fire officials are trying to determine what sparked a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage at the Sygma Network Inc.'s food distribution center late Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called to the distribution center, 3600 Southgate Dr., at 10:59 a.m.

Weapon plea brings 10-year prison term

URBANA — A Champaign County judge sentenced a Champaign man with several prior felony convictions to 10 years in prison for carrying a gun into an Urbana grocery store.

Mixed verdicts in sex assault case

URBANA — A Champaign County jury deliberated three hours Wednesday before returning a mixed set of verdicts against an Urbana man accused of sexually assaulting a teen-age girl who was passed out from drinking too much alcohol.

The Health Reporter Is In: July 27, 2016

Submit your health-related questions by clicking here. Deb Pressey will chase down your answer

Q: Whatever happened to the campaign to try and make all the parks and apartments in the Champaign-Urbana area smoke-free?