Disease-carrying mosquitoes spotted in area counties

CHAMPAIGN — Asian tiger mosquitoes, which can carry the chikungunya virus, are turning up in Champaign County for a fourth summer in a row and have also been found in Vermilion County, public health officials said.

These mosquitoes that bite mostly during the daytime haven’t spread the disease in Illinois so far, officials said.

Politicians seeking boost in Amtrak service for C-U

WASHINGTON — Citing a 117 percent increase in ridership on Amtrak's trains through Champaign over the last eight years, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn are asking for more rail service on the Chicago-to-Carbondale corridor.

Ebola outbreak has UI's attention

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has prompted the University of Illinois to suspend study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone this fall and plan some extra screening for international students arriving from West Africa.

But officials say there's no cause for alarm on campus.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 4, 2014: From the Archives

Since 1998 — except that year the grass was dead — the Fighting Illini have made Rantoul the center of the universe for a hot couple of weeks in August.

Camp Rantoul is getting ready to open again as the summer home of the football team.

Visitor agency banks on agritourism

CHAMPAIGN — Prairie Fruits Farm earned its reputation by producing goat's-milk cheese and gelato. Now the farm just north of Champaign-Urbana is milking agritourism for extra business.

This is the second year the farm has offered organized tours for groups of school children and adults.

Castle tour — complete with ghost stories

Scotland has at least 300 castles, many of them in Aberdeenshire in the northeast section of the country and many incorporated into the famous Castle Trail. About half have a ghostly reputation or some ghost story associated with them.

The Hawaii of Europeans

By Karen Paulsen

Deciding to vacation in Tenerife usually invoked two comments, such as "Where is that?" or "Oh, that's the island that had the terrible airplane disaster in the late 1970s."

Some area interstate ramps could become safer with new treatment

Within the next week or so, the ramps on the Interstate 57-74 interchange will have a new feel to them after a new material is applied to the ramps as part of an effort to make them safer.

Illinois Department of Transportation crews finished patching work on the ramps on the interchange early last month.

Family road trip? Don't forget the towels

Giant potato truck coming to Champaign

The director of the tour of a giant-sized replica potato heading to Champaign later this month says the massive spud is a popular attraction everywhere it goes.

The announcement was made Thursday on Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS with Mike in the Morning that the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck will be in town on June 24 and will be at the WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio center.

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