Half of samples from Clinton Lake show no toxicity, others show low levels

CLINTON – Tests of samples taken last week of water at Clinton Lake by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency indicate low levels of toxicity, but state officials still recommend the public avoid recreational activities – including swimming, ingesting water and water skiing – in areas of the lake where algae blooms have been detected.

Federal grant to fund nutrient-runoff study in Upper Salt Fork

A $750,000 federal grant will fund a project that aims to reduce and monitor nutrient runoff in the Upper Salt Fork area in northeast Champaign County.

Residents remain concerned over spill along railroad tracks in Danville

DANVILLE - The CSX Railroad and Double S Liquid Feed Service have done some cleanup of spilled molasses and other debris along railroad ditches near the Boys and Girls Club in Danville, according to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials. But residents say the ditches are still full of liquid and they've seen the removal of nothing but old railroad ties.

Businesses fill void left by Vermilion County decision to drop recycling

DANVILLE – Every week, an Arnold's Office Supply employee takes a load of corrugated cardboard to Advantage Recycling instead of throwing the waste away.

"We don't want to just throw it in our Dumpster where it would just go in the landfill," said Sarah Stuhr, owner of Arnold's Office Supply, 3716 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Beardsley Avenue shooting under investigation

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning in the 500 block of West Beardsley Avenue.

A police report said just before 2 a.m., several shots were fired into a residence where five people were present, including a 64-year-old woman and four teens.

Champaign recycling drop-off center moves around the corner

CHAMPAIGN – The city's recycling drop-off center this weekend will close for one day and open in a new location around the corner.

The site, now accessible from Hagan Street to the west side of the former Meadow Gold building at 1701 Kenyon Road, will close on Friday.

Firm withdraws EPA application for plasma plant in Gibson City, but may refile

GIBSON CITY – ECO Manufacturing has withdrawn its application with the Illinois EPA to locate a plasma gasification plant in Gibson City to process hazardous waste, at least temporarily.

Nesting hummingbird

A female hummingbird lands on her nest to feed her offspring in Urbana on Thursday. The tiny nest is at the home of Dwight and Betty Redding who have been feeding hummingbirds for years, but have never seen a nest until this year. They spotted the nest about two and a half weeks ago and the offspring hatched early this week.

Jobs program helps keep state parks clean

RURAL OAKWOOD – As a child, Krystal Dix remembers going to Kickapoo State Park with her family to camp and hike the trails.

Now 18, Dix is one of six young people who is doing much-needed maintenance work on the trails through a summer youth employment program.

Volunteers pick up hundreds of pounds of litter in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – Volunteers picked up 77 bags containing a total of 1,540 pounds of litter in Vermilion County during March, April and May, according to Keep Vermilion County Beautiful officials.