Parks and Recreation
MAHOMET — Three fundraisers are planned this summer and fall to help cover part of the funding gap for construction of phase one of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.
An extra $1,000 worth of fireworks will light up the sky in Tolono on Saturday night, wrapping up the annual Fun Day Festival.
URBANA — Next week, the public will get its first chance to learn about more than $1 million of planned improvements at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park.
The Urbana Park District is hosting an open-house styled event between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 30 to unveil its plans to rehabilitate the lake that gives the park its name.
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What it will run the Champaign Park District to bring in rapper turned minister Kurtis Blow to co-headline August's Taste of Champaign-Urbana with alternative rockers Vertical Horizon ($15,000).
WESTVILLE — Whenever Anthony LaGrand jogs at Forest Glen Preserve, he makes the observation tower part of his workout.
The Georgetown resident runs quickly up and down the 100 steps of the tower. And sometimes he doesn't even use the stairs as he descends — he instead swings over the sides and climbs down the girders.
On a steamy, sun-kissed Thursday afternoon at Willow Pond Golf Course in Rantoul, the parking lot is full and carts are backed up at the first tee.
Inside the clubhouse, owner Kevin Applebee kicks back with friends as regulars stroll in and out, enjoying a cold one after wrapping up their round.
MONTICELLO — Piatt County may share an assessor with neighboring DeWitt County if the latter's board approves the action at Thursday's meeting.
Paula Bates, Piatt's supervisor of assessments, resigned her position in March to become the assessor for Champaign County.
BROADLANDS — The Heritage school district is cutting back administrators — from three to two.
With high school Principal Ryan Peyton leaving for Farmer City's Schneider Elementary, the district has decided not to hire for the position. Instead, Superintendent Tom Davis will pull double duty.