Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Weekend Planner: Bigger, better fun in Tolono

Brian Booher, president of the planning committee for Tolono Fun Days, said committee members are often "told we've got one of the best small-town celebrations, and our fireworks show rivals others in big towns." This year Booher and friends promise an even bigger and better fireworks show, having spent $12,000 on the pyrotechnics.

Top of the Morning, June 24, 2017

The Emord siblings will proudly represent the family at today's dedication of Emord Memorial Park in downtown Gifford.

Subscriptions for Virginia's 2017-18 season now on sale

CHAMPAIGN — Subscriptions for the 2017-18 season at the Virginia Theatre are on sale now via the box office or by calling 217-356-9063.

State warns about rabid animals

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois residents are being warned to beware of rabid animals after more than two dozen rabid bats have been reported in the state this year.

Obama center may include playground, sledding

CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's presidential center could include a playground, performance lawn and a sledding hill.

Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017



What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

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.

Chiefs player from Danville hosting football camp in hometown

DANVILLE — Area youth can learn about kicking, punting, passing and other football fundamentals this weekend from an NFL linebacker and Danville native.

Kansas City Chiefs player Justin March-Lillard will be in his hometown Saturday to put on his third annual youth football camp.

Weekend Planner: Dairy Day on the prairie

Dairy days are quite common in dairy-heavy Minnesota and Wisconsin, the home states of Amanda Zwilling and Lynn Doran, both members of the Young Ag Leaders of the Champaign County Farm Bureau. So they thought it was a good idea to host a Central Illinois June Dairy Day. The first takes place from 2 to 5 p.m.

N.Y. town says 'nyet' to Russian request for free beach passes

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Pay up, comrade.

A decadeslong "good neighbor" policy that granted more than 100 free beach passes each summer to Russian diplomats and their families has come to an end in one suburban New York town.

Oyster Bay officials say if residents have to pay for access to the sand and sun, then so do the emissaries from Moscow.