Parks and Recreation
PAXTON CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND STORY TIME
CHAMPAIGN — The most-talked-about basketball hoop this side of State Farm Center can stay in an upscale southwest Champaign backyard.
URBANA — The vote earlier this month to dissolve the Rantoul Park District may be in jeopardy, based on a Champaign County judge's ruling Monday.
The future of this village is in a bunch of kids eating ice cream and running around, some so young they barely remember a devastating tornado three years ago.
At Lenny's Ice Cream, which serves the thickest roast beef sandwiches around, as well as fancy coffee drinks, the accent is on frozen dairy products, shipped in from an artisanal operation in Wisconsin.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central and Centennial high schools have long enjoyed an intense crosstown rivalry, mainly in athletics.
So when the schools' drama departments came together for the first time last year to present a joint production of "The Little Mermaid," things were uneasy at first.
37TH ANNUAL CHRIS CRINGLE CRAFT SALE
DANVILLE — Another outdoor music festival has picked Kennekuk County Park as the site for an event next year.
Vermilion County Conservation District officials on Wednesday approved a three-year lease of Kennekuk with Progressive Innovations Ltd., which will hold a festival there on Memorial Day weekend.
RANTOUL — The Rantoul Park District is no more.
Voters Tuesday opted to dissolve the park district, which owns and operates the financially troubled Brookhill Golf Course and several parks, by about a 5 percent margin.
With 4,137 votes cast, voters approved the dissolution question by a 197-vote margin — 2,167 to 1,970.