Paxton plan commission weighs restriction on wind turbines

PAXTON – Rob Steiger knows wind farms mean more money for his county, its schools and its townships, but he also realizes the implications the 265-foot-tall structures could have on his city's ability to expand if they are built too close to town.

"If you build a wall around something, it's not going to continue, and I'm convinced we'd be building a wall around ourselves," if turbines are not regulated by the city, said Steiger, a member of Paxton's planning commission.

Official says wind energy firm committed to project

PAXTON – A wind-energy company official said the firm is committed to the Ford County project, regardless of the Paxton City Council's proposed restrictions on turbines around the city.

"Unequivocally, we're committed to develop in Ford County," said Joe Borkowski, development manager for E.On Climate & Renewables. "If a larger buffer around Paxton is voted in (by the city council), some turbines – but definitely not all turbines – would be reallocated to Iroquois County, but we're talking right across the border."

5 Pesotum Village Board spots up for election

PESOTUM – Five of seven village board positions are up for election in Pesotum.

Candidates for two two-year terms and three four-year terms, including the village board president, will meet for a caucus Jan. 12 at the community building to determine a slate of nominees.

Sparse crowd shows up at meeting over proposed salvage yard

DANVILLE – Bryant Industries on Wednesday addressed the concerns of six local residents regarding the company's plans for a new auto-parts salvage area.

The salvage area would be on Bryant's property west of Danville.

Recycling program returning to Tolono

TOLONO – Residents here soon will be able to dispose of their newspaper, glass and plastic without having them end up in a landfill.

The village board on Tuesday approved a three-year contract with Champaign-based ABC Sanitary Hauling and Recycling for a recycling drop-off site that will be located west of the village hall at 507 W. Strong St. For $950 per month, ABC will provide two 30-yard containers and will pick up waste twice per week.

Workshop offered on rules for selling food at farm stands

CHAMPAIGN – Farmers interested in selling food products on their farms, at farmers' markets or elsewhere can learn how to meet county, state and federal regulations affecting their products at an upcoming workshop in Champaign.

Residents' complaints about trash addressed

URBANA – It was about two weeks ago when the garbage showed up.

Nasty stuff – carpets and carpet pads, ripped mattresses, tipped-over couches – piled up in the middle of a Scottswood Manor Apartments parking lot in the 1200 and 1300 block of Lierman Avenue, Urbana.

Local session of regional conference will be Jan. 7

URBANA – Crop production, farm economics and pest management will be the major themes of the 2009 University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic.

Six regional conferences are planned throughout the state during January, including one to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

Tennessee firm gets 7-year deal for base cleanup

RANTOUL – A Tennessee engineering company has been awarded a seven-year contract to manage the clean-up of the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Air Force Real Property Agency Environmental Coordinator Paul Carroll said on Friday that the Air Force has awarded a $38.7 million contract to Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure in Knoxville, Tenn.

After adoption, sisters repaying kindnesses they received

ST. JOSEPH – All Loren remembers about the shoe box full of Christmas presents is the picture of the family it came from.

She was a 10-year-old, living in an orphanage in Peru with her two younger sisters.

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