Autopsy finds FedEx worker died of fall, not cold

EAST MOLINE (AP) — An autopsy found that a FedEx worker found dead outside in western Illinois amid record low temperatures died of a traumatic head injury.

Disc-golf course among projects grant will fund at Ellsworth Park

DANVILLE — One of Ellsworth Park's best features can be its biggest challenge: The North Fork River occasionally spills over its banks, flooding a good portion of Danville's oldest park.

That's why Steve Lane, Danville's superintendent of parks, has long loved the idea of putting a disc-golf course there.

Leak from snow melt makes for sopping day at Danville Municipal Building

DANVILLE — Rapidly melting ice and snow on the roof of the Danville Municipal Building caused interior damage over the weekend when water got into the second floor and eventually made its way to some first-floor offices.

Letter from Birdland | A winter stroll in the woods

Snow has come to Birdland, blanketing the fields and settling on the trees.

Last summer's corn stubble pokes through, stippling the white with tan bristles, and Michael and I are on our way across the field to the Benson timber to walk and cut brush to groom our little trail.

Newman: Wind-farm debate talk of the town

Throughout 2019, we’ll spotlight our area’s tiniest towns — and what makes them tick. Today: Newman (population 900), where a proposed wind farm has residents speaking out:

NEWMAN — At the only gas station in town, Terry Payton relaxes with his morning coffee, sitting at a small table with a picturesque view of the city of Newman.

Champaign County zoning board OKs plan for solar farm near Homer

URBANA — The same company that built a solar farm on former President Jimmy Carter's farm in Plains, Ga., wants to build one east of Homer.

Representatives from Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy LLC appeared before the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night to seek a special-use permit for a 2-megawatt solar farm, to be called the Champaign Sinclair Farm.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2019

EVENTSThis weekend


What: The Love For All Poetry Crawl celebrating the poetic talent of Central Illinois residents and students. Poems, prose-poems and song lyrics will be chosen by the committee, printed and spread through participating downtown businesses. Also multiple readings by those interested in performing. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

Hear a boom or crack last night? It was probably a frost quake

CHAMPAIGN — A noisy intruder? Or maybe a huge icicle crashing down from your roof?

No, those loud booming and cracking sounds you've been hearing are a frigid-weather phenomenon called frost quakes, or sometimes ice quakes.

UPDATE: Parkland College plans to close again Thursday



— Parkland College plans to close for a second day Thursday, according to President Tom Ramage.

"Tough call but we are opting for ‘better safe than sorry,'" Ramage tweeted around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 30, 2019

This week's cold snap prompted MARK SHAFER to make his heated shed available to anyone with an outside dog or cat in need of shelter.

The 47-year-old Arcola farmer and his family said if you provide a leash and food, "we'll provide the couch, warm shed and love for the animals."

How cool is that?