For the retirees, Sept. 16-23, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

UPDATE: Champaign motorcyclist dies after crash on Anthony Drive

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man died early Friday from injuries he sustained when his motorcycle ran into a car in northwest Champaign.

Champaign police Lt. Bruce Ramseyer said the accident happened at 7:07 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of West Anthony Drive.

'Yards' group heads to D.C. to lobby for federal grants for project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After pitching the Champaign City Council on the plan for "The Yards" development in the southern part of downtown, local officials traveled to the nation's capital to secure federal funding for the estimated $200 million project.

Volkswagen to stop making iconic Beetle next summer

DETROIT (AP) — After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle.

The company's American unit announced Thursday that it would end global production of the third-generation bulbous bug in July of next year after offering two special editions for sale.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 13-20, 2018


This weekend


Kickapoo Rail Trail paving the way through downtown St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — As fundraising and design work continue on the Kickapoo Rail Trail, a construction crew started work this week on another section of the path — a paved portion, less than a half-mile long, that will extend through downtown St. Joseph.

"It will go all the way down to Seventh Street," said village President Tami Fruhling-Voges. "It's going to be a really nice addition."

Focus of Champaign council's talks on 'The Yards': Who'll pay for what?

CHAMPAIGN — An expansion of the Illinois Terminal. A potential Division I hockey team. Another downtown hotel. Conferences. Residential properties. Induced development.

All were talking points at the first of three study sessions Tuesday night regarding a proposed hockey arena, hotel and residential building called The Yards in the southern area of downtown Champaign.

Police on scene of single-vehicle crash at I-57/74 interchange

CHAMPAIGN — State police are on the scene of a single-vehicle crash on the ramp connecting westbound Interstate 74 to southbound Interstate 57.

The crash involves injuries, trooper Matt Gordon said.

The ramp is open, but Gordon urged drivers to use caution in the area.

Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won't make hatchback in U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ford won't be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China — despite President Donald Trump's claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.

Citing Trump's new tariffs, Ford on Aug. 31 said it was dropping plans to ship the Focus Active from China to America.

Rauner lifts weight limit for market-bound crop haulers

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a "harvest emergency" to help crop-hauling Illinois farmers compete with those in neighboring states.

The Republican's declaration allows haulers to exceed road-weight limits in taking crops to market. The free permits are available from the Illinois Department of Transportation.