Volunteers sought for cleanup of Carver Park, Stony Creek

DANVILLE – The city of Danville and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are recruiting volunteers to participate in a cleanup day at the Carver Park and Stony Creek area.

This will be the second major Great American Cleanup event this year in Vermilion County.

Conservation district offers toddler camps for summer

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District will again offer a series of Toddling into Nature Camps this summer.

Space for early childhood, number of elementary schools up for discussion in Urbana

URBANA – A priority for the Urbana school district is providing a better space for its early childhood program.

Intertwined with that issue is the number of elementary schools the district should have.

UI to seek line of credit it would rather not use

URBANA – Uncertain of state funding, the University of Illinois will "reluctantly" seek a line of credit.

The UI is owed about $375 million by the state's general revenue fund. Under a bill passed last week in the General Assembly, state universities can borrow up to 75 percent of what they're owed.

Countywide electronics recycling collection set for Saturday

URBANA – Residents will have an opportunity to drop off old or unwanted electronics items for recycling, at no charge, on Saturday.

The residential electronics collection will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, at 3202 Apollo Drive, C.

American Legion post wants to rezone land to lease to AT&T

DANVILLE – AT&T wants to put at least two new transmission towers in Danville, but the preferred site for one is on American Legion Post 210 property and will require a zoning change.

Champaign-Urbana one of three places in Illinois to get an 'A' for clean air

The American Lung Association has included Champaign-Urbana in a list of the 38 cleanest cities for short-term particle pollution.

With switch in yard waste pickup, maybe not picking up yard waste is the right switch

DANVILLE – If it sounds impossible to fit two weeks of yard waste in one toter now that the city is collecting yard waste less often, one solution may be to leave grass clippings on the yard.

Black urges state to work on laws to allow more use of waterways

SPRINGFIELD – A resolution urging the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to work with groups to develop laws permitting expanded use of state waterways was approved 10-0 by the House Agriculture Committee.

Area residents are mulling options as emerald ash borer approaches

LODA – Residents of towns near where the emerald ash borer was discovered last month have varying reactions to the reality that the tree-eating pest has arrived.

Some, like gardening enthusiast and Loda resident Mary Dickinson, are applying pesticides to prevent the beetle's spread to ash trees on their properties.