Farmington schools to install solar panels

FARMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Farmington school district is installing a $1.8 million array of solar panels on a district building to conserve energy and reduce costs.

Tolono leaf-burn restrictions OK'd

TOLONO — The village of Tolono is moving toward an eventual ban on leaf burning.

Tuscola optimistic about $1.2 billion plant

TUSCOLA — It could be just a matter of time before a large fertilizer operation decides to settle just outside Tuscola.

Environmental Almanac: UI making progress on conservation goals

Let's face it; conservation is rarely sexy. And stories of conservation can be difficult to tell, because they typically lack individual heroes and often turn on doing less of something, not more.

Summit set on Mahomet Aquifer

MONTICELLO — The Piatt County Mahomet Aquifer Summit will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the Monticello Community Building. It is free and open to the public.

This will be the sixth summit the Alliance has held, and former Champaign City Manager Steve Carter said the main goal is to make citizens more aware of the precious nature of the water they drink.

Illinois legislative committee to take up fracking

CHICAGO (AP) — Rules for hydraulic fracturing in Illinois are on the agenda for an Illinois legislative committee meeting.

Studio Visit: Megan Diddie

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Megan Diddie, an MFA candidate in studio art at the University of Illinois and the 2014 Student ACE Award winner for her work at the UI's Fresh Press, an agricultural waste-fiber papermaking research studio, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Savoy mulls options for leaf disposal

SAVOY — At its recent study session, the Savoy village board considered different options for future leaf collection within the village.

Philo Village Board asks for costs to update sewer-system proposal

PHILO — Officials have directed their engineer to give them a proposal for the cost and timing of updating a facilities plan for a sanitary sewer system.

All of the town's residents currently use individual septic tanks.

Illinois American Water to flush mains, hydrants nightly in October

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois American Water announced Thursday it will be flushing water mains and hydrants throughout the area beginning Sunday and continuing throughout October.

Company spokeswoman Karen Cotton said the process helps ensure high-quality water service.

The work is expected to take place each night, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.