Environment

Provena program announces Litter Lottery for cleaning project

DANVILLE – The Health Community Initiative of the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation has announced the Litter Lottery for the September, October, November "Before the Snow Flies" cleaning project.

Adopt-A-Spot groups, totalling 149 people, worked 299 hours to pick up 116 bags of trash. That brought 2008 totals totals to 553 people working 1,312 hours to pick up 517 bags of trash.


Residents marching to get answers on contaminated site

CHAMPAIGN – Residents who live near a former manufactured gas plant in Champaign will march around their neighborhood Saturday to publicize what they say are unanswered questions about contamination at the site.


Conservation to be focus of free breakfast at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Area farmers can learn about ag conservation practices at a free breakfast next week at Parkland College.

The Illnois Stewardship Alliance is hosting a conservation stewardship breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 10 at the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center at Parkland College.


Ag conservation to be focus of free breakfast at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Area farmers can learn about ag conservation practices at a free breakfast next week at Parkland College.

The Illnois Stewardship Alliance is hosting a conservation stewardship breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 10 at the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center at Parkland College.


Ag economist promotes peer advisory groups for farmers

URBANA – Some independent family farmers are turning to peer advisory groups to help their farming operations to thrive in today's uncertain economy, according to an ag economist.

Danny Klinefelter, a professor of ag economics at Texas A&M University, said independent farmers need the advice and support of fellow farmers to stay on the cutting edge of financial success in an era of rapid changes in the farm economy.


Lincoln's Challenge Academy: For one cadet, a divine gift

It's 4 a.m. in the dorm at Lincoln's Challenge Academy and while nearly all the cadets are sleeping in their bunks, 18-year-old Desmond Battles is clutching his Bible. Meditating. Praying.

Here on this former Air Force base, a place formerly dedicated to teaching the tools of war, this teen from the south side of Chicago found God, hearkening to a line from the Old Testament book of Isaiah:


Play inspired by UI grad's book to be presented in Chicago

Best-selling author Iris Chang continues to inspire other writers even after, or maybe because of, her suicide four years ago.

Last year saw the release of a book on Chang, written by a friend who had been a classmate of hers at the University of Illinois, and a feature-length documentary by a pair of Toronto-based filmmakers.


Through the lens: Photographer documents life on Illinois River

CHAMPAIGN – A man rows on the Illinois River at dawn, bathed in orange light.

Another, adventurer Steven Antonacci, kayaks across jagged ice covering the river, heading to his home near Chillicothe.


UI group compiles gift guide for children's books

The University of Illinois has published a guide for shoppers in the market for children's books.

Beyond classics such as "The Little Engine that Could," or well-known books such as the "Harry Potter" series, what else is out there?


Proposed Vermilion County wind turbine ordinance to get hearing

DANVILLE – On Monday, Vermilion County Board members will get their first opportunity to discuss a new ordinance that will regulate the creation of wind turbines in Vermilion County.

Several developers of wind turbine farms are considering building in the county, more specifically in the southwest, northwest and northern parts of Vermilion.


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