New location proposed for cell tower in Urbana

URBANA — U.S. Cellular has proposed a new location for a controversial cell tower that is closer to the center of the Urbana High School/Middle School campus.

Paxton wind farm to be showcased

PAXTON — E.On Climate & Renewables has scheduled an Oct. 20 open house for the public to see its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm being built east and northeast of Paxton.

The open house is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20, at a wind turbine site on the south side of Illinois 9 between Ford County roads 2100 E and 2300 E, about 3 miles east of Paxton.

Jail inmate information now on website

URBANA — Elaine Parrish isn't exactly going to miss answering the phone all day to tell folks about inmates at the Champaign County Jail.

2011 Ladies Night Out

Visitors enjoy informative tables, entertainment and refreshments at Ladies Night Out at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Ill on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. 

Final decision weeks away on wind farm near Royal

URBANA — A proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeast Champaign County will get another hearing Thursday night before the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals — but probably not its last hearing.

Champaign residents vow fight over cell tower

CHAMPAIGN -- Residents of a south-central Champaign neighborhood pledged to speak out against a proposed cell tower at a public hearing next month after hearing from T-Mobile representatives on Wednesday night.

UI professor wins NIH New Innovator honor

URBANA — Tricking dangerous bacteria into becoming harmless ones is the goal of a prize-winning chemist at the University of Illinois.

Douglas A. Mitchell, 31, is a winner of the 2011 National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award, one of two in the state (the other at Northwestern University).

Police say influx of cameras and other new equipment deters, solves crimes

URBANA — While the proliferation of cameras watching our every move is hardly an attractive idea to most Americans, police on the University of Illinois campus say they are another tool to help them keep the peace.

Behind the parting of IBM and Blue Waters

CHAMPAIGN — More than three dozen changes, most suggested by IBM, would have delayed the Blue Waters project by a year, the University of Illinois argued in documents obtained by The News-Gazette.

The requested changes caused friction as early as December 2010, eight months before IBM pulled out, leaving the project to look for a new vendor for the supercomputer.

Indianola residents hope post office stays open

INDIANOLA — Ray Evans said he understands the U.S. Postal Service's desire to cut costs. But he doesn't think Postal Service officials understand how much of a hardship it would be on him and his neighbors if they close his local post office.