Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Danville club taking applications for summer program

DANVILLE – The Boys & Girls Club of Danville is taking applications for its 10-week summer program.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 8 through Aug. 14.

Agency closes part of Middle Fork River to boaters

DANVILLE – State officials have temporarily banned recreational boating on a portion of the Middle Fork River in Vermilion County.

No boaters are allowed on the river from the north boundary of the Middle Fork Fish and Wildlife Area to the southern boundary of Kickapoo State Park until further notice, according to a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

Fresh start for Champaign County YMCA expansion plans

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County YMCA is starting anew in its efforts to build a new Y, the chairman of its board of directors said.

Urbana Park District officials: Raise taxes or lose services

URBANA – Voters in Urbana will face a choice of higher property taxes or cuts in services when they vote Tuesday on a proposal by the Urbana Park District.


Officials say if the tax hike – 15 cents per $100 of assessed value – is not approved, the park district will have to make more cuts in staff and services.

UI wrestling coach leaves for top job at county YMCA

CHAMPAIGN – From now on, Mark Johnson will be pinning down donors.

The University of Illinois wrestling coach is stepping down after 17 years at the school to become chief executive officer of the Champaign County YMCA.

Stimulus funds to cover 500 or more summer jobs for youths

CHAMPAIGN – A local agency will get nearly $1.2 million in stimulus funding to create between 500 and 600 summer jobs for disadvantaged area youths.

Additionally, the Champaign Consortium will receive $1 million in federal stimulus money to assist dislocated workers and jobless adults with training and other job-related assistance.

Raggedy Ann, Andy Museum closing this year

ARCOLA – A Douglas County museum dedicated to two famous dolls will close at the end of the year.

Arcola resident Joni Wannamaker said she and her husband, Tom, will close the Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum in December.

Historic Lincoln Hotel closes; sheriff's sale scheduled


URBANA — The company managing the Historic Lincoln Hotel says the hotel’s owners plan to go ahead with a multimillion-dollar renovation — even though a sheriff’s sale of the property is scheduled April 24.

Elderly homeowners sought for Danville Painting Blitz

DANVILLE – The HALO housing committee is looking for elderly homeowners who meet income guidelines and cannot complete painting their home themselves or afford to hire a commercial painter to do the job.

The Painting Blitz has been held in cooperation with the city of Danville and community volunteers since 1997. The project has painted 135 homes in Danville. Money for the supplies and professional prep and second-story work comes from grants, the city and proceeds from the Festival of Trees.

Volunteers step up; Illinois Marathon appears safe

After more than 200 people volunteered to help with traffic control, the Illinois Marathon, scheduled for next month, now appears safe.