People who go looking for beauty in the woodlands of East Central Illinois consider April to be a high point of the year. That's when showy beauties like Virginia bluebells carpet the woodland floor. But if you wait until then to get out, you're already a month late for the emergence of the first flower of spring.
CHAMPAIGN — Good Vibes will host an electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its store, 1501 N. Prospect Ave., C.
Items that can be dropped off include televisions, stereos, video cassette recorders, computers, microwave ovens and treadmills.
Last fall, the big announcement was made that a more than a billion dollar fertilizer plant was coming to Douglas County. Now the next step in helping to make the project a reality has been taken.
What would you do? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich here
On Sunday morning bird walks in the spring, guide Greg Lambeth leads groups of bird enthusiasts through Crystal Lake Park and Busey Woods in Urbana in the hope of seeing a variety of species that live in or migrate to the area.
Wildlife experts say there's something everyone can do to help manage the Giant Canada goose problem: Stop feeding them.
Park officials in East Central Illinois said they often see people feeding them bread, birdseed and leftover picnic scraps — sometimes right next to "Do not feed geese" signs.
Depictions of female entomologists in film will be the focus of the 32nd Insect Fear Film Festival, which will take place Saturday at the University of Illinois.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Durango Mendoza, 69, Urbana, a photographer, assemblage artist, sculptor and writer, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
Are you still writing short stories?
RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul is seeking to become the site of an experimental small solar farm.
One sure sign that winter won't last forever is the spectacle of geese high overhead, flying north. They're common, I know, but it still brightens my day when I walk out and hear them and have the opportunity to watch their loose V's form and reform. These high-flying geese migrate as their forebears have done for millennia.
Would that we could enjoy all geese from a distance.
PAXTON — The Dogtown Wind Farm, a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm featuring up to 49 turbines east of Paxton, could be built "within the next year or two," one of the project's co-developers said.