Environmental Almanac: Faith in Place leader brings good ideas to life

The coming weeks promise to be a whirlwind for Brian Sauder of Champaign. In early May, he will be licensed toward ordination in the Mennonite Church U.S.A., which means the church affirms his calling to minister on behalf of creation as a pastor.

Shortly thereafter, he will be awarded a master's in business administration from the University of Illinois College of Business.

Harsh winter has fish orders on rise

DANVILLE — When the foot-thick ice on Raymond Calton's 1-acre pond finally thawed in March, many of the fish in it were floating — and dead.

"This was a bad year as far as freeze-up," Calton said as he waited Friday afternoon to pick up the hundreds of new fish he ordered to restock the pond on his property, off Henning Road in Vermilion County.

Prescription drug 'take back' today

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department is giving the public a safe way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications today.

Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the department is participating in a Drug Enforcement Agency event called National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Boneyard Creek Community Day 2014

The 9th annual Boneyard Creek Community Day drew over 400 volunteers on April 14, 2014.  The community-wide clean-up has expanded to include

Environmental Almanac: Campus Earth Week activities scheduled

In anticipation of Earth Week, which begins today, I checked in with some of the people who are coordinating events on the University of Illinois campus.

'Insurgent educator' to talk urban farming

Stephen Ritz calls himself an "insurgent educator," appropriate for the man who once brought a 22-foot snake into his classroom.

The janitor inadvertently let it out one day, and the school was closed for a week after it moved into the ceiling.

Champaign ups energy incentives

CHAMPAIGN — The city will begin tacking on to Ameren Illinois programs designed to help people make their homes more energy efficient.

Ash borer found in Danville's Douglas Park

DANVILLE — Danville has officially joined Champaign-Urbana and other central Illinois cities in the battle of the emerald ash borer.

IKEA purchase of wind farm won't delay construction

HOOPESTON — The purchase of the Hoopeston Wind farm by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will not delay construction on the 98-megawatt project that's expected to be operational early next year.

Waste from pork plant causing problems at Rantoul treatment plant

RANTOUL — Undertreated sanitary waste from the Rantoul Foods pork processing plant pretreatment facility is causing problems with the village of Rantoul's filtration of material running into the wastewater treatment plant.

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