Urbana checking for asbestos in material over stage at UHS

URBANA — The Urbana school district has asked an engineer to check for possible asbestos content in material covering the ceiling above the auditorium stage at Urbana High School.

River cleanup set at Ellsworth Park in Danville

DANVILLE — The city's parks and recreation division and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are sponsoring a river cleanup at Ellsworth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Senate candidate sues landfill owner over expansion plans

CLINTON — A state senate candidate has sued the owners of a landfill seeking a permit to store toxic waste in a unit about 150 feet above the Mahomet Aquifer.

Wind farm backers still negotiating road deals

URBANA — The developers of a 134-turbine wind farm for Champaign and Vermilion counties are still discussing road agreements with Compromise and Ogden townships.

At Thursday's Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, Greg Leuchtmann, business development manager for Invenergy LLC, said the county road agreement was almost complete.

GOW: Murray

John Murray, Champaign, has the Garden of the Week for August 20, 2011.

Study shows arsenic limited in Tolono area

TOLONO — For six months, Melinda Reich and her family drank and cooked only with bottled water after a high level of arsenic was found in their well water.

Now, what's coming out of the faucets at the Reich home just south of Tolono is being provided by Illinois-American Water service.

Sudden temperature change may have killed fish in Urbana

URBANA — It turns out there's a fishing hole in southeast Urbana, where good-sized bluegill, catfish and bass swim in abundance.

That was very much on display Wednesday after hundreds of the fish washed up on the pond's shores; the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency suspects the die-off was a natural event.

GOP candidate: Lawsuit will halt PCBs at Clinton

CLINTON — A Republican candidate for state Senate is promising to leverage a lawsuit against the proposed chemical waste landfill in DeWitt County and says his team of lawyers believes the storage of PCBs in that location to be illegal.

Garbage, yard waste comparison

A comparison of trash, yard waste provisions in area cities:

Danville considers trash fee increase

DANVILLE — Garbage and yard waste collection fees in Danville have nearly doubled in the last five years, but city officials are considering another multiyear fee increase even though yard waste pickup services have been reduced, and the city has no recycling services.