Weekend planner: Butterflies at the Virginia

We've all heard of the sad decline in the monarch-butterfly population. It's one reason the Champaign Park District wanted to focus on butterflies this summer. So the district, with Mitch Marlow, front-of-house coordinator at the Virginia Theater, came up with the family-friendly "Flight of the Butterflies" event starting at 2 p.m. today at the Virginia.

Solar farm construction begins on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — After several years of design and delay, construction has finally begun on a new "solar farm" at the University of Illinois.

The 20.8-acre installation, a field of solar panels that will connect to the UI's power grid, is considered a key step in the campus's transition to renewable energy.

Rob Kanter: Amphibian survey can indicate environmental health

If you were to base a movie character on Dave Stone, you'd probably have to tone down his enthusiasm for science and teaching — and that's saying something, given that he'll begin his 32nd year in the classroom at Uni High this fall.

Hauler to stop using stickers in Monticello

MONTICELLO — Area Disposal Co. has announced it will discontinue its sticker-based garbage hauling program in Monticello. Stickers will be sold through the end of the July via the company's Clinton office, and pickup of garbage bags with stickers will cease Oct. 1.

Virus kills 250 fish at Dawson Lake

By SERAH WELBORN/.LeRoy/Farmer City Press

LeROY — Roughly 250 dead fish were counted along the edges of Dawson Lake earlier this month.

Some users are abusers: Recycling bins headed for suspension

DANVILLE — Hypodermic needles, dirty diapers and Styrofoam are not on the approved list of recyclables list at Bryant Industries.

But those are among the items employees have discovered in the household recycling bins at the company's 1406 Warrington Ave. location in Danville. They're also a big reason Bryant will be suspending its program on Friday, according to company officials.

Got ants? Bait may help

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CHAMPAIGN — If you're trying to get rid of pesky, persistent ants in your house, some ways work better than others.

Top of the morning, July 13, 2015

The climate sure has changed. In the last three years.

In the second week of July 2012, parts of Page 1 were occupied by news of a worsening drought in Illinois and across the Midwest.

Invenergy sells 90 percent stake in wind farm

FITHIAN — Invenergy will no longer be the majority owner of the California Ridge Wind Project in Champaign and Vermilion counties, but the Chicago-based company will continue to operate it and explore the possibility of an expansion, according to company officials.

Final land agreements for Cronus plant pipe expected to be in soon

The head of Tuscola Economic Development Incorporated said he expects to finalize the remaining agreements soon for land needed for a pipe to the Cronus plant.

Brian Moody said over the past couple weeks, he's spoken with the four landowners who have not signed an agreement, and he expected the signatures to come in within the next week.