Brewery co-owner objects to Urbana's proposed alcohol tax increase

URBANA — A plan to increase the city's tax on package alcohol met resistance Monday night from the co-owner of a local brewery, who proposed that aldermen exempt his business if they move forward with it.

Riggs Beer Company co-owner Darin Riggs made the proposal after voicing concerns about the plan to raise the tax from 1 to 3 percent.

Village board set to vote on allowing Savoy 16 theater to sell alcohol

SAVOY — Despite some concerns about enforcement and possible underage drinking, the Savoy Board of Trustees is moving forward with a vote on a new theater liquor license, which would allow the Goodrich Savoy 16 to serve beer, wine and mixed drinks.

If approved in June, this would put the theater on par with the AMC Champaign 13, which has served alcohol since about 2012.

Top of the Morning, May 6, 2019

— There may be no bigger stress than being a small business owner.

Looking for a way to combat that pressure? Try rigorous exercise, says Ball State University researcher Michael Goldsby. He says that in addition to reducing stress, it can increase job satisfaction.

That's just one of the many stories in the "Small Business, Large Impact" insert in today's News-Gazette.

Grubhub drive-along: From traffic to tips

CHAMPAIGN — After Shane Hall could no longer work as a driver for UPS due to medical issues, he was glad that food delivery services like Grubhub existed.

Just Askin' | Highway tourism signs

Q: How are businesses chosen for interstate tourism signs?

A: The businesses apply and pay a $100 processing fee, plus an annual fee ($130 for ramps, $200 for freeways).

Fatal shooting of Danville delivery driver marks deadly turn in spate of incidents

DANVILLE — This week's fatal shooting of a pizza delivery driver marks a deadly turn in a long string of delivery-driver robberies in Danville.

Since March 2018, there have been at least 10 robberies of delivery drivers from five different restaurants — most at gunpoint.

Prior to this week, only two incidents ended with minor injuries to the employees.

Exit 210 Saloon's winning formula: 'Big-time atmosphere ... in a small-town environment'

DANVILLE — The first live music Brad Key ever heard was as a kid with his dad at the Moose Lodge near Exit 210 on Interstate 74.

"It was a very popular place in the 1970s," recalls Key, whose father was a lodge member. He eventually became one, too.

Fast forward about 40 years to August 2017.

Urbana alderman pushes for trees as University Avenue project advances

URBANA — As the city council discussed the final plans for a housing development on University Avenue, Alderman Dennis Roberts advocated for beautifying the road with trees.

Krekel's to close Champaign location after less than a year

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CHAMPAIGN — Less than a year after opening, Krekel's is closing.

Its last day is scheduled for Saturday, night-shift manager Cassidy Hayes told News-Gazette Media.

It will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, she said.

Toasts of the towns: 12 great places, past and present, to get a beer in C-U

If you have a sore head Monday after National Beer Day, don't blame us. There's a day for everything, and today — April 7 — is certainly not Unofficial. In fact, it marks the day in 1933 that the Cullen–Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of beer with an alcohol content of up to 3.2 percent, went into effect.