Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Monticello council gets updated on pool issue

MONTICELLO – The swimming pool once again found its way into the Monticello City Council's most recent meeting.

The purpose of the discussion during Monday's study session was to clarify and prepare the members of the council for any future questions regarding the $3 million project.

Monticello voters to decide on pool issue

MONTICELLO – The future of the Monticello community swimming pool will once again be in the hands of the voters.

A proposal to bond $2 million for a replacement pool will be on April's ballot after the city council passed a resolution, 7-1, on Monday.

Snow causes crashes; Champaign imposes snow rules

CHAMPAIGN - Several crashes caused traffic delays on westbound Interstate 74 at about noon Tuesday.

The worst backup occurred between Neil Street and Lincoln Avenue, but Illinois State Police have seen crashes on I-74 all the way into Vermilion County, said Sgt. Bill Emery. They're also happening on Interstate 57 and on two-lane highways.

Crystal Lake Pool to remain closed

URBANA – The Urbana Park District Board voted unanimously on Tuesday not to reopen Crystal Lake Pool this summer, and is ready to start planning a new facility.

85-year-old finds inaugurations cheaper by the dozen

Rita McMahon's streak of presidential inaugurations attended is about to end at an even dozen.

It's not that the 85-year-old Champaign woman wouldn't like to attend Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama. It's just that it has all become too expensive.

Vote set on putting pool on Monticello ballot

MONTICELLO – A resolution to put a question on the April ballot about a community swimming pool will come up for a vote at the Monticello City Council on Jan. 26.

The board gave City Superintendent Floyd Allsop approval to add the issue as an action item after a long discussion on the project Monday.

Crystal Lake Pool's summer season might be sunk

URBANA – Joyce Bezdicek, an Urbana mother of two boys, cares enough about keeping Crystal Lake Pool open that she attended a park board study session Thursday to plead with commissioners to keep the facility open for this summer.

Sidney group that organizes events gets new leaders

SIDNEY – A volunteer group that organizes community events is under new leadership.

The village board Monday approved the appointments of Melissa Guidas as president, Nikki Roberts as vice president and Mandy Marlow as secretary/treasurer of the Sidney Improvement Group. Traci Cokley recently stepped down from the presidency of the group.

Monticello council considers putting pool question on ballot

MONTICELLO – The Monticello City Council is considering putting a question on the April ballot that asks residents whether they want to move ahead with construction of a new swimming pool. Council members on Monday looked at conceptual designs for a possible replacement pool, estimated to cost about $3 million.

With $1 million of the project expected to be paid through a 10-year loan, the remaining cost would require a 20-year bond approved through a public referendum.

On Lincoln's Trail: Danville woman provides memory lane for walks

Roberta Allen of Danville is extremely proud of her Moonwalk T-shirt. No, it has nothing to do with Michael Jackson.

Allen earned her shirt when her walking club accepted a challenge from a Peoria club to see who could walk the most miles between April and June in the evenings. Allen took first place for the Ridgewalkers Walking Club, a chapter of the American Volkssport Association.