Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN — An attorney's dream to honor his late wife has been entertaining and educating area children for half a century.
This month marks the 50th birthday of the Champaign Park District's Prairie Farm, a replica turn-of-the-century farm complete with a farmhouse, barn, pond, flower garden, wandering paths, big shade trees and a pasture.
DANVILLE — Maneuvering into the chair inside the gondola of the red, white and blue "Glory Be" hot air balloon on a surprisingly cool summer morning, Christopher Adkins still believed he was just a crew member "testing" equipment prior to launch after dawn Saturday morning.
Wondering about the people wandering Champaign's West Side Park with their eyes glued to their smartphones?
Confused after overhearing conversations about where one might find Machops and Pikachus around Champaign-Urbana?
Curious after seeing signboards offering discounts to members of teams Valor, Instinct and Mystic?
DANVILLE — They may be the stars of the show, but there's a lot more than hot air balloons at Vermilion County's newest balloon event.
"There's something for everyone," said Jim Anderson, co-chairman of the Balloons Over Vermilion festival, which continues today at the Vermilion Regional Airport.
DANVILLE — Janet Wustholz and her 9-year-old granddaughter had been planning all week to take a tethered hot air balloon ride at the Balloons Over Vermilion festival.
DANVILLE — Tony Sandlin has been piloting hot air balloons for 14 years.
But flying at the inaugural Balloons Over Vermilion will mark a first for him.
Sandlin will be taking a rider, who's wheelchair-bound, on a hot air balloon flight.
Arts in the Park winners
The Danville Art League held Arts in the Park on June 25-26 at Lincoln Park. Winners were:
Oil/acrylic — Dorothy Fava, first; Kolleen Asaad, second and Amanda Dudich, third.
Watercolor — Carol Garver, first; Shelley Huffman, second and Linda Virostek, third.
URBANA — The Urbana City Council took another step toward continuing future Boneyard Creek improvements on Monday night, approving the purchase of two properties at 202 and 204 Wood Street.
Boneyard Creek improvements are slated in four segments: Main Street to Race Street; Race Street to Broadway Avenue; Broadway Avenue to Vine Street; and Vine Street to University Avenue.
Moultrie-Douglas County Fair acts
Wayne "The Train" Hancock, known as the king of juke joint swing, will play a free concert from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday at the beer tent at the 86th Moultrie-Douglas County Fair.