Channel 3 silencing its analog signal

CHAMPAIGN – For area residents sticking with analog broadcasting to the very end, the last images they'll see on their screen will be those of Channel 3 News.

WCIA-TV and its sister station, WCFN-TV in Springfield, are among the last stations in East Central Illinois to broadcast an analog signal, and that signal will stop as of 6:30 p.m. today, said station manager Russ Hamilton.

Event for fire protection districts set June 25-28 in Peoria

Area fire protection districts are invited to the annual conference of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts later this month in Peoria.

The conference is for elected and appointed officials, administration and operations personnel of fire protection districts throughout Illinois. It will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on June 25-28.

Danville residents can sign up for alerts from city

DANVILLE – Who wouldn't want to know if there has been a rash of burglaries in their neighborhood?

The city of Danville is giving all residents a free opportunity to get that type of information and more sent directly to them by e-mail or to their cell phones.

It's Your Business: Arthur gallery to showcase area art

Looking for local art to display in your home or office?

You've got one more place to visit. A new gallery in downtown Arthur, Villa Galleries, 132 S. Vine St., will feature paintings, photographs and other work by artists who hail from central Illinois or artists whose work is about central Illinois.

R Systems' supercomputer meeting WolframAlpha's demand

CHAMPAIGN – In the early development stages of WolframAlpha, the new computational knowledge engine launched last month by Wolfram Research, the company estimated it would receive a peak of about 200 queries per second.

And it had built its computers to handle that amount.

Club celebrates a century of Wednesday gatherings

Back 100 years ago, a group of local farm wives took time out from their summer canning – or maybe soap making – or maybe even butchering chickens – to clean up and put on a pretty dress.

They would fix a stylish hat atop their nicely coiffed hair – and even pull on a pair of dressy cotton gloves.

Landscape artist's work goes on display Tuesday

NORMAL – Recent paintings and watercolors by one of the best-known landscape artists of the Midwest will go on display Tuesday at University Galleries at Illinois State University in Normal.

The exhibition, "Radiant Plains," on view through Sept. 13, will feature works by Harold Gregor that were completed in the last nine years, among them the new "Left-Right Vibrascape" series, which "represents a bold, experimental shift in this renowned Midwestern artist's work," according to curator Barry Blinderman, director of University Galleries.

Firm uses new technology to refine crude petroleum

CHAMPAIGN – A former University of Illinois employee has launched a company intent on making the petroleum-refining industry cleaner and less energy-intensive.

Hoopeston students' video raises awareness of violence

HOOPESTON – To a handful of Hoopeston Area High School students, Kimberly Gray, Jessica Stanton and Madisen Leverenz were only statistics of violent crimes, names in news reports.

Then they met the slain women's mothers, fathers and sisters late last year. They saw the relatives' tears and heard the pain in their voices as they talked about their loved ones' deaths and how that changed their lives.

First of Orpheum's Dinosaur Detective Days is Saturday

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign is offering a summer of Dinosaur Detective Days. The first will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

A strange dinosaur, still under wraps, has reappeared near the wall high up on a rock in the courtyard of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Children and parents are invited to find clues that will help to discover what the creature is like.

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