Gas price spike may crank up flexible fuel sales

Ethanol supporters are hoping the recent spike in gas prices will prop up demand for the corn-based fuel.

About two years ago during the recession, when ethanol prices moved higher than conventional gas prices, demand for the renewable fuel took a downward turn.

Swan pond in Danville gets Joe and Nellie No. 10

DANVILLE – When you pass the swan pond on North Vermilion Street at Sunset Memorial Park these days, you might think that Joe and Nellie have put on weight.

Not so, said Mike Puhr, operations manager at Sunset. "It actually is a larger, new pair of swans, Joe and Nellie No. 10, which we brought in Feb. 21."

Group plans to speak out against Vermilion mining

DANVILLE – A group called Stand Up To Coal plans to ask the Vermilion County Board on Tuesday night to halt what it considers "threats from new coal mining to the county's resources," according to a news release from the group.

Electronics recycling event Saturday

You can again drop off old or unwanted electronics for recycling, free, on Saturday, March 5. 

Hours: 8 a.m. to noon.

Location: The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, Champaign.

Vermilion County to get 'brownfield' work

DANVILLE – Vermilion County Health Department officials are on the hunt for "brownfields," and their mission is twofold: cleaning up the environment and economic development.

Douglas County: Alternate FutureGen status may help

TUSCOLA – Officials in Douglas County said on Monday they were disappointed about being passed over to host an underground storage site for carbon dioxide generated by the FutureGen coal plant.

But they also believe being named an alternate site puts the county in a prime position to host other projects.

Survey's water tests won't be free for long

Well water testing through the public service lab at the Illinois State Water Survey is still free to Illinois residents, but not for long.

Because of the state's tight budget, the water survey plans to start charging for the service soon to cover its supply costs, says Kent Smothers, head of the state water survey's Center for Chemistry & Technology.

Some in area find levels of arsenic exceed standards

When Melinda and Bill Reich last had the well water at their home just outside Tolono tested 11 years ago, nobody was checking for arsenic.

But the national standard for the level of arsenic – a toxic element now linked to several cancers and other health hazards – considered safe in drinking water has changed since then.

UI students rally in support of wind turbine

Students march in support of proposed turbine

URBANA – University of Illinois students rallied in support of a proposed 400-foot wind turbine on Friday while school officials continue looking for $700,000 to fund the balance of the estimated $5.2 million project.

Group threatens suit against Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN — City officials have at least two months to respond to a letter from a health care advocacy group threatening to sue if the city does not remedy a pipe that the group says is dumping hazardous waste into the Boneyard Creek.