Countywide electronics recycling collection set for Saturday

URBANA – Residents will have an opportunity to drop off old or unwanted electronics items for recycling, at no charge, on Saturday.

The residential electronics collection will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, at 3202 Apollo Drive, C.

American Legion post wants to rezone land to lease to AT&T

DANVILLE – AT&T wants to put at least two new transmission towers in Danville, but the preferred site for one is on American Legion Post 210 property and will require a zoning change.

Champaign-Urbana one of three places in Illinois to get an 'A' for clean air

The American Lung Association has included Champaign-Urbana in a list of the 38 cleanest cities for short-term particle pollution.

With switch in yard waste pickup, maybe not picking up yard waste is the right switch

DANVILLE – If it sounds impossible to fit two weeks of yard waste in one toter now that the city is collecting yard waste less often, one solution may be to leave grass clippings on the yard.

Black urges state to work on laws to allow more use of waterways

SPRINGFIELD – A resolution urging the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to work with groups to develop laws permitting expanded use of state waterways was approved 10-0 by the House Agriculture Committee.

Area residents are mulling options as emerald ash borer approaches

LODA – Residents of towns near where the emerald ash borer was discovered last month have varying reactions to the reality that the tree-eating pest has arrived.

Some, like gardening enthusiast and Loda resident Mary Dickinson, are applying pesticides to prevent the beetle's spread to ash trees on their properties.

Farm income helps put Piatt, Ford counties among highest earners in '08 in Illinois

Some rural counties in East Central Illinois had among the highest per-capita income in the state in 2008, according to new figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Piatt and Ford counties had the fourth- and sixth-highest per-capita income that year, with figures of $43,313 and $40,516, respectively.

Health department gets a dose of irony

DANVILLE – To the disappointment of city officials, Danville has missed out on federal grant funds to clean up potentially contaminated sites, while Vermilion County was awarded $400,000.

Drawing Saturday for Keep Vermilion County Beautiful raffle

DANVILLE - Tickets are still available for the Keep Vermilion County Beautiful car and landscaping raffle.

The drawing is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kennekuk County Park's Laury Barn, following the Great American Cleanup event at the park. The cleanup, a volunteer event, will start at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Registration for the cleanup will be at 8:30 a.m.

Students spend a day fighting erosion, shoring up bank of North Fork

DANVILLE – If 40 Danville High School students travel to Ellsworth Park at 10 a.m. on a Sunday with shovels, buckets and wheelbarrows, how long will it take them to plant 450 trees and shrubs?

Evidently, the answer is less than two hours.