Bid approved for wind turbine at school in Ogden

ROYAL — Heston Wind and Renewable Energy, Bettendorf, Iowa, has been contracted to install a wind turbine for Prairieview-Ogden South Elementary School in Ogden.

The school board approved the firm's bid of $262,000 to install the 50-kilowatt turbine and 120-foot pole.

Ameren offers rebates, discounts

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren has $78 million in energy-efficiency rebates and discounts available to residential and commercial customers in downstate Illinois, representatives of two statewide groups said Tuesday.

Danville recycling center closed over code violations

DANVILLE — The WITS recycling center has stopped accepting household recycling materials now that the city's code enforcement department shut down that part of the non-profit organization's operation last week due to health and safety code violations.

Safety in numbers for 13- and 17-year cicadas

You just got up, and you don't feel like doing much of anything, not even eating. About all that really sounds good is making a lot of noise, and maybe meeting that special someone.

That could describe a lot of 13-year-old males, but in this case, you're a cicada, and you're less than 2 inches long.

Part of Potomac under boil order

POTOMAC — The village of Potomac on Thursday issued a boil order until further notice for the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Vermilion Street in the village due to a water main break.

For more information, call the village office at 987-6900 or the water plant at 987-6461.

Firm seeks to build wind farm in Vermilion, Champaign counties

DANVILLE — A Chicago-based energy company submitted to Vermilion County on Friday its application for a permit to build a wind farm with more than 100 turbines in west central Vermilion County and about 30 turbines in east central Champaign County.

Water company to flush hydrants in Danville

DANVILLE — The Vermilion Division of Aqua Illinois announced Monday that it will begin its annual system-wide hydrant flushing and maintenance program on Wednesday.

All 1,829 fire hydrants will be flushed and inspected to ensure proper operation. The project is expected to take four weeks.

Public meetings planned on Vermilion County brownfields

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Health Department will hold two public meetings on the Vermilion County brownfields assessment project this month and additional meetings may follow in July.

Champaign opposes Clinton landfill expansion

CHAMPAIGN — City officials are joining the opposition to a proposed landfill expansion in Clinton that would store carcinogens known as PCBs and sit above the Mahomet Aquifer, from which East Central Illinois draws its drinking water.

Garden of the Week: Karen and Danny McCartney

Karen and Danny McCartney’s garden began as a demonstration garden for her father’s business, Bilek Greenhouses in Rantoul.  The business has since closed but the garden continues to grow.