Survey measures attitudes toward drinking, other topics at PBL

PAXTON — On one hand, most of the seniors and sophomores surveyed last school year at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High indicated they had not consumed even one alcoholic beverage in the previous month.

On the other hand, almost half said they believed anywhere from 61 to 80 percent of their peers had drank alcohol in that same time frame.

#TheMJs, July 1, 2016

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'A hobby that kind of went wrong'

FAIRMOUNT — Todd Chew doesn't sing or dance.

But every year, large audiences flock to his nighttime shows to hear a symphony of whizzes, bangs and booms and see brilliant bursts of light dance across the night sky.

Chew is the owner of Jamaica Pyrotechnics Inc., along with longtime friends Mark Puzey and Rob Downs.

Rich Warren: Wireless headphones strike a cord

I told Bose to cut it off. So they did. The cord, that is.

When you sell the best noise-canceling headphones on the market and almost have reached the technological limits of noise cancellation and comfort, the next step must be a leap.

Thus, the debut of the wireless QuietComfort 35.

While the cord never truly annoyed me, sometimes untethering feels good.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: State has had many county changes

The boundaries of the counties of Illinois have undergone many changes from the time that the first counties, St. Clair and Knox, were formed in the Northwest Territory in 1790 until 1859, when Douglas and Ford were created.

If you build a great fireworks show, they will come

ARTHUR — It's not uncommon for Mark Jones to look out toward the four-way stop sign in town on the night of the acclaimed Fourth of July fireworks show and view cars in all four directions as far as the eye can see.

Adaptability a hallmark of 50-year career

MONTICELLO — Roger Prather has found an innate ability to adapt to the ever-changing agricultural industry, an industry that has helped him last for 50 years at John Deere dealerships, the most recent 47 at AHC in Monticello, formerly Heath's.

Intel workers like to have other job opportunities here

CHAMPAIGN — Facing potential layoffs or transfers, dozens of Intel Corp. technology professionals are likely to have other job opportunities in Champaign County if they want them, a University of Illinois economic development official said.

Short-handed council backs more Tasers in Urbana

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department will likely soon be getting eight more Tasers, if they're approved by the full city council next week.

It's Your Business: Baxter's readies second home

Baxter's American Grille is set to open in the former TGI Friday's/Prairie Fire space at 100 Trade Center Drive, C, near the end of August, according to the restaurant's director of operations, Chelsea Heffernan.

"We take occupancy of the space on Aug. 10, and we anticipate it will take 10 to 15 days to complete training," Heffernan said.