Parks and Recreation

Eagle Creek operator hanging it up after 4 years

SHELBYVILLE — A little more than four years after it successfully bid to take over operation of the Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville, BMDD Resorts Corp. of Decatur has abruptly pulled out.

A lodge and convention center at the lakefront resort has been closed since July 2009, and now the golf course there, since renamed The National, is also closed for business.

Urbana looking to expand outdoor dining options with 'Curbanas'

URBANA — Visitors to downtown Urbana this summer won't be cooped up inside if they don't want to be — city officials will be testing the water with a unique kind of outdoor seating that turns narrow sidewalks into outdoor cafes.

They're called "Curbanas."

Firearms facility near White Heath a step closer to reality

WHITE HEATH — A firearms training facility near White Heath is one round of yes votes away from becoming a reality.

If approved by the Piatt County Board on Wednesday, a special-use permit would allow master firearms instructor Joel Ripper to provide concealed carry handgun training at his home, located about 1 1/2 miles north of White Heath.

Willow Pond upgrades will be well above par

RANTOUL — Kipp Bates has been through golf course renovations before, and he predicts the changes in the works at Rantoul's Willow Pond are going to be "magnificent."

Extensive renovations of the clubhouse, a new Golf Tech business and upgrades to the course itself are in the plans for the business that Kevin Applebee and his wife, Rhonda, bought from Ken Roessler last year.

Environmental Almanac: Ticking time bomb sits next to the Middle Fork

If you've canoed or fished the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, you probably already understand why people who love it worked so hard for its inclusion in the "National Wild and Scenic Rivers" system. (And to date, it's still the only Illinois waterway with that designation.)

Updated: Middle Fork advocates: Dynegy should move coal ash ponds

RURAL OAKWOOD — Middle Fork River advocates are urging Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to "do the right thing" and direct Dynegy to relocate three coal ash ponds at the old Vermilion Power Station north of Oakwood.

Entertainment listings, March 6-13, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

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Parties at impasse over Eagle Creek renovation

SHELBYVILLE — Shut down since 2009, the 138-room Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville will remain closed this summer, and the state of Illinois and resort leaseholders are at a new impasse over how to proceed with the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation.

First major grant received for rail trail

SPRINGFIELD — Champaign County officials have received the first major grant for construction of their segment of the 24.5-mile Kickapoo Trail linking Urbana and Kickapoo State Park.

Meeting tonight on proposed park district in, near Oakwood

Clay Woodard believes his hometown of Oakwood and the surrounding communities offer a lot to families and individuals.

He also believes they're lacking in one area — recreational, cultural and social activities that can bring folks of all ages together and enhance their quality of life.

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