Electronics recycling set for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Another countywide residential electronics recycling will be held Saturday at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Access to the distribution center is at the intersection of North Market Street and East Olympian Drive.

Gill products headed to Olympics

CHAMPAIGN — When track and field events get under way at the London Olympics next month, count on seeing a lot of equipment from Gill Athletics.

Gill, a brand of Champaign-based Litania Sports Group, makes vaulting poles, javelins, discuses and other equipment for field competition.

Sales of many items starting to recover for Champaign firm hurt by recession

CHAMPAIGN — The recession proved to be a big hurdle for Litania Sports Group.

The Champaign-based company, which sells Gill track and field equipment as well as Porter Athletic and PowerMax products, took a big hit when construction of school sports facilities dwindled.

Drought, lake level no concern for Clinton nuke plant

CLINTON — The hot and dry conditions this summer haven't caused any problems at the Clinton nuclear generating station in nearby DeWitt County.

The plant operated at a 100 percent capacity factor in June, said Bill Harris, communications manager at the nuclear plant, and "we're running that in July too."

Possibilities and questions remain on Big Broadband

CHAMPAIGN — It started as a dream, and to a large extent, it still is.

City officials still can't imagine the full potential of the ultra-high-speed fiber optic cables running underground throughout Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. They'll tell you that's one reason the cables are there — so someone can figure out how to use them.

Landline calls not reaching Danville schools

DANVILLE — The Danville school district is having problems with incoming phone calls made from land lines, officials reported Wednesday morning.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the district's telephone carrier, AT&T, is aware of the problem and is working to find a solution.

Northeast students will get up-close lessons on healthy food

DANVILLE — In the last few years, Northeast Elementary students have been learning about eating healthy as part of the magnet school's health and wellness focus. They have studied good nutrition, snacked on fresh fruits and veggies and practiced making all kind of healthy snacks, among other things.

Wind farm on schedule in Champaign, Vermilion counties

ROYAL — Construction of a 214-megawatt wind farm in Vermilion and Champaign counties is on schedule and should be completed later this year, according to an official with Invenergy LLC, a Chicago-based energy company.

AT&T Wireless asks Danville for variance to build tall cell tower

DANVILLE — AT&T Wireless wants to build a new cellphone tower on West Fairchild Street that would be almost 50 feet higher than the city allows.

UI, others join with company for free online courses

URBANA — If you've always wanted to take a course in Heterogeneous Parallel Programming at the University of Illinois without having to apply (or pay) to the College of Engineering, your chance will come.

The university will partner with a Silicon Valley company to offer a variety of free, online courses to students around the world, it was announced today.