Danville mayor breaks tie over purchase of truck

DANVILLE - Danville aldermen were split 7-7 Tuesday night on whether to spend more than $200,000 on another automated solid waste truck.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer broke the tie, voting in favor of the purchase that several aldermen believed was not prudent.

Interest outweighs actual growth in bed bug problem, UI expert says

CHAMPAIGN – Hey, what's that little speck on the couch? Eeek! It's a bed bug.

No, wait, it's a chocolate cupcake crumb from yesterday.

Or is it?

People seem to be hyper-conscious of bed bugs these days, and it seems as though scarcely a day goes by when these creepy, crawly little bloodsuckers don't make the news.

Facts about bed bugs

How do you know if it's a bed bug?

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Champaign County

RANTOUL – The tree-slaying emerald ash borer has invaded Champaign County.

A Rantoul public facility, Prairie Pines Campground, 711 W. Perimeter Road, was found to have several trees infected on Aug. 30.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture confirmed cases in Champaign and Grundy counties on Friday.

River cleanup slated for Ellsworth Park

DANVILLE – The Danville Parks and Recreation Division, Pride Grows and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are sponsoring a river cleanup from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ellsworth Park, off East Main Street.

Dairy-farm runoff may have caused fish kill, state agency says

BELLFLOWER – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency investigators believe a rural Bellflower dairy farm is the likely source of runoff that killed an estimated 40,000 fish and an undetermined number of other creatures in central Illinois.

Danville council to discuss yard-waste pickup

DANVILLE – Danville resident Leon "Bud" Miller would like to see the city's yard waste program return to a weekly pickup schedule, but the majority of yard waste customers who responded to a recent survey prefer keeping the bi-monthly schedule, which also means no increase in the cost.

Broadlands hears discussion of wind energy

BROADLANDS – Wind energy could be coming to southeast Champaign County.

At the September meeting of the Broadlands Village Board, Dwight Farmer from Horizon Energy Wind Farm discussed the possible use of wind farm energy in the village.

Horizon Energy is the third largest wind farm manufacturer in the United States and the largest in Illinois.

Power restored in west Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Just under 700 Ameren IP customers have their power back.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said a cable failed, affecting 678 customers in the area bounded by Highland Avenue on the east, Green Street on the south, Draper Avenue on the west and University Avenue on the north.

Power has been restored to the area.

EPA finalizing plans after spill along rail line in Danville

DANVILLE – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials will be meeting with the owners of Double S Liquid Feed Services to work out a final plan to ensure total cleanup of a molasses spill discovered earlier this year and to ensure that a similar accident won't find its way into nearby ditches again.