Douglas, Piatt residents don't want Ameren line reroute

ATWOOD — Residents of Douglas and Piatt counties are up in arms over a proposal to reroute Ameren's proposed high-voltage transmission line through their counties.

Since late May, 100 comments from area residents have poured into the Illinois Commerce Commission's website, with most of them opposing the new route.

Teachers tackle computer science

URBANA — On the third floor of the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science on the University of Illinois campus Friday morning, 20 Champaign high school teachers turned their tables into nodes, simulating how information travels along specific paths.

Twitter chats set for school district, economic development agency

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. and Champaign school district will kick off a new series of Twitter chats during the first week of August.

Rich Warren: Acoustics genius Bose will be missed

Amar Bose, founder and chairman of the company that bears his name, passed away July 12 at age 83. He was among a small circle of great men who graced my life.

Illinois Ancestors: ISU yearbooks available online

Researchers who are interested in the Illinois State University (aka Illinois State Normal University prior to 1964) will be pleased to learn that a collection of yearbooks, published from 1892 to 1994, is being made available online free at

Schools develop rules for social media

School districts and those who work in them are finding social media sites — like Facebook, Twitter and others — as useful ways to communicate with parents and community members.

And now, the Champaign school district has its own social media policy for employees.

Watchfire plans grand opening of expanded facility

DANVILLE — The workforce at Watchfire Signs has increased by 257 percent in the last five years, and the maker of LED sign and digital billboards finally has a facility large enough to house all its employees and operations with room to grow.

Rich Warren: Audiophiles singing the praises of FLAC

FLAC, not flack. One of the more ill-chosen technological acronyms, FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec (encode-decode).

Technophobes already turned the page to the good, clean funnies.

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Animator to speak at NCSA workshop

URBANA — Victor Paredes, a professional animator from Chile, will talk about how animation works and how to get started learning it, at a free workshop starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1205 W. Clark St., U.

Network products distributor to open Champaign branch

CHAMPAIGN — Graybar Electric Co., a distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products, will open an office in Champaign's Apollo industrial park to serve customers in East Central Illinois.

The 10,000-square-foot branch office at 301 Mercury Drive, C, will employ six to eight people, said company spokeswoman Maureen Hergenroether.