Parks and Recreation

Champaign to put band shell back in West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN – A nearly forgotten piece of local history will be returning to Champaign's West Side Park later this year.

The old band shell, torn down many decades ago, will be replicated on about the same spot it once stood, near the fountain.


State minds Ps and costs

ELLIOTT – Like the motorists who drive its highways, the Illinois Department of Transportation is feeling the pinch of higher oil prices.

"We're operating in a climate of restraint," said Tom Magolan, programming engineer for IDOT's District 3 office in Ottawa.


Danville seeks funds for Carver Park

DANVILLE – Lights, some new paint and a proper restroom are what several youths say Carver Park needs.

The city council agrees. Earlier this week, aldermen approved an application seeking a state grant to renovate the park.


Mayor will get wish for Champaign fountain

CHAMPAIGN – Mayor Jerry Schweighart says it was his idea.

"I love fountains," he explains.


Indoor football contract ended

DANVILLE – Officials with the David S. Palmer Arena think indoor football has a future in Danville, although the arena has terminated its agreement with the owner of the Danville Demolition.

"We want to make room for someone else," said Peter Blackmon, general manager of the arena, referring to arena officials' hopes to attract a new owner.


Undocumented students face uncertain future

A game of dodgeball last semester in physical education class turned foul when a boy screamed, "Protect the border! Protect the border! Kill those Mexicans!"

Maria Flores, a senior at Urbana High School, said she walked up to him and told him to say it to her face again. Then she slapped him.


Dustbowl tourneys, youth camp set for July

DANVILLE – Plans for this year's East Central Illinois Community Action Agency's Dustbowl are under way, including adult and youth basketball tournaments and a youth basketball and leadership camp.

The 35th annual Dustbowl Tournament is set for July 24-29 at the David S. Palmer Arena. The NCAA men's bracket has been changed from a 16-team, single-elimination tournament to an eight-team, double-elimination invitational. Eight teams that have shown a commitment to the tournament have been invited, agency officials said.


Sun Singer sculpture removed for restoration

MONTICELLO – So long, Duby.

Nice knowing you, Shorty.

Starting next week, scratches etched on places like the Sun Singer's hips by Duby, Shorty, Dighton, Mark and other folks will be history.


Champaign prepares to raise funds for Lincoln Trail exhibit

HOMER LAKE – The Salt Fork was a familiar sight to Abraham Lincoln as he rode the judicial circuit between Danville and Urbana.

It was probably a muddy ride much of the time, said Raymond Cunningham, a University of Illinois staffer who is Homer's official historian. The Fort Clark Road – which ran from Tazewell County to Vermilion County – was never paved in the 1840s and 1850s when Lincoln tried cases across a swath of Central Illinois.


Danville YMCA groundbreaking set for Tuesday

DANVILLE – For Executive Director John Alexander, the Danville Family YMCA's new 5,800-square-foot fitness center marks a milestone.

Officials will be on hand Tuesday to begin construction of the $750,000 Glen Murphy Wellness Center, named for the past executive director who served from 1959 to 1981. Mr. Murphy, who died in 2004, had worked at the Danville YMCA since 1948, serving as the boys' secretary and as physical director before become executive director in 1959. The YMCA was established in 1883.


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