August 28, 2012

Thomasboro School Board Signs Contract to Seek Grant

The Thomasboro school board formally entered into an agreement with the village of Thomasboro to seek a Safe Route to Schools grant. The decision for the school district and village to jointly seek the grant was agreed to earlier in the year. The action at last week’s school board meeting was to formally sign the […]

August 15, 2012

Bike Trek: Lanes, Trails Make it Easy to Get Around U of I

When I went to college, getting around on bicycle was difficult because I didn’t have a bike, and the university and city had a convenient bus system. DeKalb did have plenty of sidewalks, but nothing was marked and there were no bike lanes on streets (it’s better now). That’s why it’s nice to pedal around […]

August 7, 2012

Giving a Head Start: Holmes Urges Others to Also Read to Youngsters

Jessica Holmes holds out a craft project of a cat she has made for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old Head Start students and tells them to feel the tongue of the feline. “Have you ever had a cat lick you?” Holmes asks. “Uh, uh,” a little girl said, shaking her head. It’s scratchy, just like a […]

July 14, 2012

Electronics, Waste Collections Scheduled

Households preparing for summer or fall cleaning should be aware of two upcoming collection events. Another residential electronic collections event will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. And a household hazardous waste collection event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Read the full article at […]

July 10, 2012

Cooling Assistance on the Way

Financial help is on the way to help cover the cost of cooling off from the summer heat wave. But those who qualify will have to act quickly. The money is expected to go fast, said Darlene Kloeppel, social services director at the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission. Read the full article at

July 3, 2012

Goal of New Incubator to Advance Business Acumen

Building business. That may best describe what Rantoul Chamber of Commerce and community leaders got a chance to see first hand Thursday evening as the Rantoul Business Incubator opened its doors to young entrepreneurs in the Rantoul Business Center on the former Chanute Air Force base. Read the full article at

June 27, 2012

Rantoul Business Incubator Set to Open

The Rantoul Business Incubator will have its grand opening Thursday at the Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with tours, demonstrations and refreshments. Read the full article at

June 24, 2012

Agencies Plan Session on Loss of Illinois Cares, Medicaid Benefits

Illinois’ prescription drug assistance program for needy seniors will be gone in a week, but local agencies say they might be able to help find other programs that can help. They’re holding a special enrollment session for anyone set to lose Illinois Cares Rx or Medicaid benefits from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the […]

June 17, 2012

USDA Rural Development Selects Winners for National Site Manager of the Year Award

USDA this week recognized three housing professionals who are being honored for their work to improve rural housing and help residents of rural communities. “These three outstanding citizens exemplify what it means to care for one’s neighbor,” USDA Rural Housing Service Chief of Staff Cristina Chiappe said during the awards presentation at the annual legislative […]

May 6, 2012

County May Start Looking at Building Code

Prodded by last year’s court-ordered closure of a ramshackle and unsanitary apartment complex south of Rantoul, Champaign County Board members may be taking the first tentative steps toward enacting a county building code. Champaign County is the largest county in Illinois without a county building code; Champaign and McLean counties are the only counties of […]

May 3, 2012

Bring Out Your Dead Electronics

The first Champaign County residential electronics recycling event of the year will be Saturday morning at The News-Gazette distribution center. Area residents are invited to bring all old and unwanted electronics items to the center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Read the full article at

April 22, 2012

Study Shows How C-U Stacks Up with Other Midwestern Metro Areas

The Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area stacks up well with selected Midwestern cities in terms of grocery and transportation costs, but not so well in terms of health care and utility costs, according to a comparative study. The study, done for the Champaign County Economic Development Corp., looked at Champaign-Urbana and 11 other metro areas in the […]