Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Middle Fork boating ban lifted

RURAL OAKWOOD — A boating ban on the Middle Fork River has been lifted in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources lifted the ban Thursday afternoon after a conservation police officer reported the river level near Oakwood was 3.58 feet with a discharge of 1,300 cubic feet per second.

Entertainment listings, July 3-9, 2014

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Brookhill finances not up to par

Board looking at course's future

RANTOUL — Jack Anderson the golfer would hate to lose the option of teeing it up at Brookhill Golf Course.

But Jack Anderson the taxpayer has bigger concerns after learning the golf course lost $883,110 from 2010 to '13 and spent about 80 percent of the annual budget on subsidizing its losses.

All systems go at Virginia

$750,000 grant to pay for new sound, lighting systems

CHAMPAIGN — Considering its current lighting and sound systems, technical director Andy Hall views the Virginia Theatre as the most "beautiful warehouse in the world."

That's going to change.

Love a parade? We've got you covered

Hundreds of us will line Lincoln Avenue to watch the Champaign County Freedom Celebration parade. But it's not the only such event in the area.

Many smaller towns — and at least one neighborhood — offer parades that make up in quality what they lack in quantity.

Skate park users offer suggestions for improvements

CHAMPAIGN — If Spalding Park doesn't become the new home for Central High School, the skate park there could see a major upgrade and expansion in 2015.

Entertainment listings, June 26-July 3, 2014

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Gifford celebration another sign of weathering the storm

GIFFORD — It's tough to keep a good town down.

Every year toward the end of June, the village of Gifford holds its community celebration. This year, the town has even more to celebrate, showing it can survive and thrive through some tough times.

Updated: Little League now and then

UPDATE June 23: We've added several photos from 1960s and 1970s Little League teams to our online gallery

4-H camp to reopen following illness outbreak

The 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello is expected to reopen next weekend after a sickness closed the camp this week.