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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – The way Julie Pryde sees it, one of the best ways to reverse the obesity epidemic in America is to teach people how to grow their own fruits and vegetables and give them an opportunity to try it.
The 40th annual Earth Day on Thursday is the inspiration behind a week of activities in Champaign-Urbana.
Events include a campfire at a meditation center, talks on environmental initiatives and a concert.
The Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center offers tours of alternative energy technologies at its site from 2 to 6 p.m.
Several University of Illinois Extension center offices, including its one in Champaign, are slated for closure, but all the local county offices will remain open, according to a restructuring plan.