Hauler to stop using stickers in Monticello

MONTICELLO — Area Disposal Co. has announced it will discontinue its sticker-based garbage hauling program in Monticello. Stickers will be sold through the end of the July via the company's Clinton office, and pickup of garbage bags with stickers will cease Oct. 1.

Virus kills 250 fish at Dawson Lake

By SERAH WELBORN/.LeRoy/Farmer City Press

LeROY — Roughly 250 dead fish were counted along the edges of Dawson Lake earlier this month.

Some users are abusers: Recycling bins headed for suspension

DANVILLE — Hypodermic needles, dirty diapers and Styrofoam are not on the approved list of recyclables list at Bryant Industries.

But those are among the items employees have discovered in the household recycling bins at the company's 1406 Warrington Ave. location in Danville. They're also a big reason Bryant will be suspending its program on Friday, according to company officials.

Got ants? Bait may help

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CHAMPAIGN — If you're trying to get rid of pesky, persistent ants in your house, some ways work better than others.

Top of the morning, July 13, 2015

The climate sure has changed. In the last three years.

In the second week of July 2012, parts of Page 1 were occupied by news of a worsening drought in Illinois and across the Midwest.

Invenergy sells 90 percent stake in wind farm

FITHIAN — Invenergy will no longer be the majority owner of the California Ridge Wind Project in Champaign and Vermilion counties, but the Chicago-based company will continue to operate it and explore the possibility of an expansion, according to company officials.

Final land agreements for Cronus plant pipe expected to be in soon

The head of Tuscola Economic Development Incorporated said he expects to finalize the remaining agreements soon for land needed for a pipe to the Cronus plant.

Brian Moody said over the past couple weeks, he's spoken with the four landowners who have not signed an agreement, and he expected the signatures to come in within the next week.

Environmental Almanac: Facts about a fascinating creature

Some people love rabbits. "Soooo cute!!! More bunnies please" was the response from one friend when I posted a rabbit picture online recently.

More people, perhaps, have mixed feelings about them.

"Love bunnies, but baby just ate a large butterfly milkweed I bought a few days ago," added another friend.

Don't smoke 'em if you got 'em

The signs declaring Parkland College a tobacco-free campus have long been up.

For months, a reminder on all internal communication with students and staff warned, "The end is coming." Today, that message changed to "The end is here."

While most on the Champaign community college campus are well aware the new tobacco ban kicks off today, that doesn't mean they like it.

Failed pump causes sewage backup into Homer Village Hall

HOMER — Homer Village Hall is off-limits to the public after a failed pump station caused raw sewage to back up into the building.