Mix of wet, dry summer weather keeping mowers busy

One of the owners of a mowing business in Champaign said the wet spring and summer have kept employees busy with more than just cutting grass.

Evan's Horticulture also takes care of trimming trees and shrubs on top of mowing yards.

Co-owner of the business Mike Evans said trees and shrubs are growing much more than last year during the drought.

Meeting on sale of water to mine set for Aug. 2

GEORGETOWN — City officials are hosting an informational meeting on the sale of water to a proposed coal mine at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Mary Miller Junior High School cafeteria.

Alderman Carl Johnson said that Georgetown City Council members decided to host the meeting because audience members have been asking for an opportunity to learn more details about the council's plan.

Camp gives students hands-on experience in variety of scientific fields

URBANA — For the record, cardinals do not enjoy being snared in a net and held by humans.

Mama cardinal made that very clear Tuesday as she unwittingly took part in a field biology demonstration at the first-ever Prairie Research Institute science camp.

Georgetown noncommittal to hearing over water sale to mine

GEORGETOWN — City officials were noncommittal on Monday to requests for a public hearing on the sale of water to a proposed coal mine.

"If people have questions, then why are they not here now ?" Alderman Tim Waterman asked an audience of about 40 people at Monday's Georgetown City Council meeting.

Mine opponents schedule meeting in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — Two groups that oppose the proposed Bulldog coal mine in western Vermilion County are hosting a meeting Wednesday in Georgetown.

Environmental Almanac: Illinois nature preserves serve important purpose

In a column from June and others in the past, I've written about properties dedicated as Illinois Nature Preserves without much attention to what the designation "nature preserve" means. Today's column is intended to correct that and to call attention to the work of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

State launches website on Clinton landfill, Mahomet Aquifer

The Illinois EPA has launched a website with information on the Clinton Landfill and the Mahomet Aquifer.

The site includes inspection reports and various applications filed concerning the landfill, whose owners want to accept PCBs — an action several local governments oppose.

Boil order for Longview

Customers of the Longview Water Utility in Longview are under a boil order until further notice.  The boil order is a part of scheduled maintenance.

Customers should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. That will kill any bacteria or other organisms that might be present in the water.

Reusing the past

CHAMPAIGN — The demolition of a 60-year-old university residence hall that housed generations of college students creates one serious pile of rubble.

More than 10,000 tons, in fact.

Environmental Almanac: Rare mussel found in Illinois River

When seven barges broke free from their tow and slammed into the dam on the flooded Illinois River at Marseilles in mid-April, few people were in a position to see an upside to the story. Some weeks later, however, when the U.S.

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