Environmental Almanac: Studying tiny creatures to answer big questions

For most people, I suspect, the word Daphnia brings to mind no clear picture.

South Side students make art from bottle caps as part of Hatch

CHAMPAIGN — The whir of drills and the clacking of countless plastic bottle caps filled the air of the gym at South Side Elementary on Friday.

The school's students took turns sorting through different styles and shades of bottle caps as they worked to make a mural featuring some fifth-grade students' drawing of the school's mascot, the South Side Superstar.

Vermilion to hear concerns on wind turbine ordinance

DANVILLE — In response to a request for a moratorium on any new wind farm construction, Vermilion County Board members decided Thursday night to schedule a public hearing, giving local residents the chance to voice any concerns they might have with the county's current wind turbine ordinance, particularly setback distances.

Vomiting, diarrhea, cramps? Norovirus the likely bug

CHAMPAIGN — That stomach bug that’s going around isn’t the flu.

It’s norovirus, and it’s very contagious, state health officials warn.

Norovirus causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It can also come with low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle ache and fatigue.

Environmental Almanac: Check out the trees at Hessel Park event

"You don't know a tree til you know it naked." So says Sandy Mason, whose job title, horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension, does scant justice to her wide knowledge of and appreciation for the natural world — to say nothing of her sense of humor.

But how do you know one tree from another when they're naked, which is to say, without their leaves?

Chanute property transfers could be completed in 2014

RANTOUL — If it seems like it's taken a long time for the cleanup and transfer of property of the former Chanute Air Force Base to the village of Rantoul, it's only because it has.

Environmental Almanac: UI students sound off on TV entomologists

If you've ever seen your own job portrayed on television, you know scriptwriters work with a great deal of creative license. The day-to-day work of real teachers, doctors, police officers, lawyers and others generally bears little resemblance to that of their small screen counterparts, be they sexy, heroic, antic or other.

The same is true for scientists.

49-turbine wind farm proposed for east of Paxton

PAXTON — Up to 49 more wind turbines could be built east of Paxton within the next year, bringing to 143 the number of turbines along a 10-mile stretch of Illinois 9.

Danville yard waste stickers to go on sale

DANVILLE — Yard waste stickers will go on sale Wednesday.

Yard waste stickers are $30 and are sold at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. They will also be available for purchase by phone at 431-2200 on or after Wednesday. Stickers are good for one calendar year.

Sunrise: Homer water vote won't delay coal mine

HOMER — A day after the village board voted against selling water and sewer services to Sunrise Coal for its proposed mine, the company says the project will proceed as planned.

And the village trustee who changed his vote to a no says it had nothing to do with an anonymous threat he received and everything to do with being unable to support a coal mine.