Safe Routes project aims to educate students, drivers

The young woman on the cell phone didn't even slow down as she passed Bottenfield Elementary School, even though the crossing guard was already in the middle of Prospect Avenue.

She drove past the school, easily going faster than 20 mph, said Bottenfield parent Leeann Stack, who watched the woman continue her conversation as she drove past the crossing guard last week.

Longtime pageant organizer took it to national level

HOOPESTON – For more than 30 years, Delores Crabtree has been a major organizer of the National Sweetcorn Festival's Sweetheart Pageant, a local event that has grown into a training ground for Miss America hopefuls from across the nation.

'Extreme' exposure paying dividends for Champaign charity

CHAMPAIGN – Donation bins overflow, shelves are stocked with food, the place is definitely spiffier – and the line of people needing help is longer than ever.

That's what a little extreme TV exposure can do.

Champaign-based Volition staying on target with games

CHAMPAIGN – Video-game sales have dropped dramatically this year, and Champaign-based Volition Inc. isn't immune to the falloff.

From March through July, industry sales were down every month compared with the same month last year, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sales data from market research firm The NPD Group. July sales were down 29 percent from a year ago.

UI Research park to get street extensions

CHAMPAIGN – Look for several new streets to criss-cross the University of Illinois Research Park in a few years.

The university expects $6.8 million in state and federal grants for extending Fourth Street south to Windsor Road, Hazelwood Drive east to Fourth Street and Gerty Drive east to Fourth Street, said Bruce Walden, a director in the UI's Office of Capital Programs and Real Estate Services.

Mansfield lands two Safe Routes to School grants

MANSFIELD – The village of Mansfield has received two grants for the Safe Routes to School program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced that the village was awarded $2,000 for educational materials and $15,000 for speed feedback trailers and signs. Trustee Bambie Roy wrote the grants with help in the planning stage from Blue Ridge School district administrators, Farnsworth Group engineers, and other trustees.

Champaign rejects Comcast's franchise-renewal proposal

CHAMPAIGN – City council members voted unanimously Tuesday to reject Comcast's formal proposal to renew their cable franchise in town.

Group: Many cell phone users paying too much

CHAMPAIGN – Nearly three out of four Illinois residents pay more than they should for cell phone service, according to a report from the Citizens Utility Board.

Citizens Utility Board says cell phone bills too high

CHAMPAIGN — Nearly three out of four Illinois residents are paying more than they should for cell phone service, the Citizens Utility Board estimated today.

Environmentally friendly bucket truck debuted in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Of course a city government would think about putting a "green" truck in its forestry division.

A hybrid bucket truck will be assigned to the division, said Elizabeth Hannan, administrative services manager for the city of Champaign.

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