Volunteers pick up hundreds of pounds of trash in spring effort in Vermilion County

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

State EPA awaits some test results for liquid spill near tracks in Danville

DANVILLE – Testing by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that the biggest concern, so far, with a liquid spill near the CSX tracks and Mabin Street is the strong, unpleasant odor, according to state officials.

Pet of the Week Alvin & Theodore

Alvin and Theodore  are two year and five month old male brown and white Guinea Pig mix, very friendly and cuddly. 

Market on North First in Champaign to launch for season on Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – This summer's first Farmer's Market on Historic North First Street will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

And it will offer a lot more than fresh produce, says William Jones, owner of Rose & Taylor Barber Shop at 124 N. First St., C.

Mahomet produce store to become burger restaurant

MAHOMET – First Fruits Produce in Mahomet plans to close its store by the end of the month, and in its place will be a Junior's Burgers & Custard restaurant.

Future fuel keeps sprouting at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – It grows fast, needs few nutrients and releases energy as biomass that could help Parkland College, and other institutions, reduce their reliance on petroleum.

Recycling fee up 4 percent in Villa Grove

VILLA GROVE – Illini Recycling has announced a 4 percent increase in fees for city residents. The increase takes effect July 1. The monthly fee for a single-can pickup each week from a non-senior resident will increase from $17.42 to $18.60.

Wind turbine project gets new life in climate plan

URBANA – The on-again, off-again wind turbine project at the University of Illinois is back on, part of a new campus Climate Action Plan.

UI promises to stop coal use by 2017, take other steps to lower energy use

URBANA – The University of Illinois pledges to stop using coal within seven years as part of a plan to reduce energy use and cut carbon emissions .

Danville's Carver Park to get cleanup treatment

DANVILLE – From Hurricane Katrina to the 2007 tornado that devastated Greensburg, Kansas, to several other floods, ice storms and tornadoes around the nation, volunteers from New Life Christian Center have helped with cleanup.