Tom Kacich: Kickapoo Rail Trail not on track for July opening

Bad news for those hoping to use the first segment of the Kickapoo Rail Trail between Urbana and St. Joseph next month: It won't be ready.

Letter from Birdland: Drying fruit and hoping for rain

I'm sitting on the front porch in the diminishing shade pitting the cherries that I picked with my sweet neighbor, Megan. She has a whole grove of sour cherries in her yard, and we spent a pleasant afternoon reaching up into the tree to fill our baskets.

Clinton nuclear plant back at 100% power

CLINTON — The Clinton nuclear power plant is back online after an outage that lasted less than 48 hours.

The Exelon Generation plant, about 35 miles west of Champaign, was taken offline around 11 p.m. Saturday when part of a system that delivers water to the plant's reactor wasn't performing correctly, said company spokesman Brett Nauman.

Entertainment listings, June 15-22, 2017


This weekend


What: Live street-side performance series. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, along with a cappella music, belly dancing and live painting.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 16 through Aug. 25.

Prairie Rivers Network screening coal documentary Sunday

URBANA — The Prairie Rivers Network will co-host a screening of the documentary "From the Ashes" at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 602 W. Green St., U.

Clinton plant taken offline over equipment issue

CLINTON — The Clinton nuclear power plant was taken offline Saturday night, Exelon Generation said Monday, to perform maintenance on a system that delivers water to the plant's reactor.

But Exelon Generation spokesman Brett Nauman said the incident was not an emergency.

Letter from Birdland: Making the rounds with the goose

"You've got the water; I've got the goose. You've got the water; I've got the goose. You've got the water; I've got the goose. Let's put 'em together and water us some.... What rhymes with 'goose?'"

Michael looks at me askance. "Moose?" I hold out my goose watering can expectantly, and he fills it. My husband is used to my silly songs in the morning.

City officials to subdivision residents: Lake buyer's options limited

CHAMPAIGN — It was a tense situation as city representatives met face to face Wednesday with Timberline Valley South residents, whose two neighborhood lakes were sold by Champaign County to a non-local organization the residents think is up to no good.

The citizens in the packed room often argued with the representatives, at times talking over each other.