Parks and Recreation
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.