UI group compiles gift guide for children's books

The University of Illinois has published a guide for shoppers in the market for children's books.

Beyond classics such as "The Little Engine that Could," or well-known books such as the "Harry Potter" series, what else is out there?

Proposed Vermilion County wind turbine ordinance to get hearing

DANVILLE – On Monday, Vermilion County Board members will get their first opportunity to discuss a new ordinance that will regulate the creation of wind turbines in Vermilion County.

Several developers of wind turbine farms are considering building in the county, more specifically in the southwest, northwest and northern parts of Vermilion.

Asbestos-laden pipes will be removed from former military base

RANTOUL – Approximately 6,000 feet of asbestos-laden steam pipes will soon be removed from the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Removal of the steam pipes has long been a bone of contention between the Air Force and the village for more than a decade, with both sides arguing that the other side was responsible for them.

"Because the property is under lease to the village of Rantoul, there has been some discussion concerning responsibility for the piping," Paul Carroll said. "But the Air Force decided to proceed with the removal and cleanup to protect against potential exposure and human health concerns."

Natural landscape photographer to speak at Prairie Rivers event

CHAMPAIGN – Tim Palmer, an award-winning photographer of America's rivers and natural landscapes, will talk at a local dinner Friday night.

He will be at the 11th annual dinner sponsored by Prairie Rivers Network. It starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the 7 p.m. dinner, at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1802 S. First St., C.

Students plan to hold recycling drop-off for electronics items

CHAMPAIGN – How can you build by subtracting?

Students at Next Generation School have found the answer – they're holding an electronics recycling drop-off from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2414 Galen Drive, next to the Cardinal Fitness Center at Galen and Windsor Road.

Danville biofuels plant starting production process today

DANVILLE – After two years of construction, the new biodiesel facility adjacent to Bunge Milling in downtown Danville goes operational today and should start producing the first batch of biodiesel next month.

READY Program team wins $10,000 in Lexus Eco Challenge

CHAMPAIGN – The environmental measures initiated by students at the READY Program – turning off lights when no one is in the room, laminating hall passes to save paper, recycling whatever they can – are probably saving the school some pennies.

But they've also brought in some real money to the school and the students.

Catlin postpones infrastructure exam to allow for more review

CATLIN – Village officials said Tuesday they want to review drainage-district records prior to having village engineers assess the storm water drainage infrastructure on the village's south side.

Catlin Village Board members recently had a contractor remove overgrowth, dig out silt buildups and clear drainage culverts underneath driveways in the ditches that run near Sandusky, Burgess, Paris, Harrison and Lookout streets.

Vermilion County's Toddling into Nature camps set this week

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District will offer Toddling into Nature programs for children ages 3, 4 and 5 at Kennekuk County Park.

The programs will include songs, activities, games and more. Parents, grandparents or guardians will also be participants in the camp designed to connect younger children to the outdoor world.

Vermilion County committee focuses on plan for wind farms

DANVILLE – Vermilion County officials forged ahead Monday with their first discussion on how to regulate the potential construction of wind-turbine farms in the absence of a countywide zoning system.

Several wind-turbine companies are seriously considering the county for development of alternative-energy farms, but the county is different from other counties where wind farms already exist because Vermilion has no zoning.