At war with the beavers

LODA — Wearing rubber boots and armed with a hand-held cultivator tool, Jon Boone ventures out into a heavily forested area just south of the township road that the locals call the Loda Slab.

The 63-year-old, tall, gray-bearded man leads the way through 6-foot-high prairie grass, using his tool to create a path for a trailing reporter.

Top of the morning June 22, 2016

He was going to cook out with his two sons in Urbana. That alone had Wayne Mammen excited about Sunday afternoon.

"It'd been eons," Wayne said, "since we got together on Father's Day."

It could happen to any parent - including you

In the past few weeks, two families have experienced every parent’s worst nightmare in the most agonizingly public way.

A 3-year-old boy crawls under a barrier into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati zoo, escaping only when the animal is shot to death after repeatedly dragging him around a moat, as his horrified family watched.

Dynegy awaits OK to stabilize river bank near coal ash ponds

NEWTOWN — Dynegy Inc. officials are awaiting governmental permission to stabilize an eroding bank where the Middle Fork River is carving away at the earth that holds back ponds full of coal ash left over from the company's now-shuttered Vermilion Power Station.

Job is homecoming for next Yankee Ridge principal

Yankee Ridge Elementary will soon have its own version of "Welcome Back, Kotter."

Brian Anderson, who attended the Urbana school as a young boy, will return on July 26 as the 38-year-old principal, following a three-year run at Rantoul's Eastlawn. Fresh off last week's appointment, Anderson sat down with staff writer Tim Mitchell for a few questions.

Family Checkbook: Financial well-being becoming a trending topic

By Kathy Sweedler

Do you hear the buzz? The conversation is getting louder. What started a few years ago as a murmur among a few is turning into excited dialogue and debate!

I'm at the National Summit on Collegiate Financial Wellness and it's energizing. Today's conversations centered on financial literacy: what is it and how can it be increased?

Area history, June 21, 2016

Today is Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, June 21, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Eastern Illinois Shrine Club

About the club

President: Kevin Forney

Origin: The club was chartered on Jan. 2, 1950.

Moving day

ST. JOSEPH — Like many couples on the first day of summer, Joel and Laura Furrer passed the time by sitting on their front porch.

That their porch was connected to a house, that was attached to a tractor, that was moving about a half-mile an hour en route to its new location two blocks away, made the Furrers the talk of the town on a lazy Monday in St. Joseph.

Top of the morning June 21, 2016

The deadline to submit nominations for Central Illinois Business Magazine's popular "Forty Under 40" awards is July 1.

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