Paxton man involved in fatal crash on I-57 near Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — A Savoy man died Monday morning after losing control of his car on Interstate 57, according to District 10 Illinois State Police.

Raminator monster truck to attempt to break world speed record

AUSTIN, Texas — Raminator, the Hall Brothers Racing Team of rural Thomasboro, will attempt to break the world speed record for monster trucks.

The seven-time Monster Nationals Champion will look to break the Guinness World Record at the multipurpose facility Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The current mark is set a 96.8 mph.

Champaign County Board opposes bill on wind farms

URBANA — Champaign County Board members have gone on record as being opposed to legislation in Springfield that they contend would weaken their oversight of wind farms.

West Nile prevention tips offered

URBANA — West Nile virus was recently found to be present in a dead bird collected in Champaign County, bringing to 25 the number of counties in Illinois reporting the presence of the virus this year. Although no human cases of the virus have been reported, University of Illinois Extension entomologist Phil Nixon says it’s best to be extra diligent to protect yourself.

West Nile shows up in bird in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — West Nile virus has arrived in Champaign County for the first time this year.

A dead bird collected last week outside the city limits of Champaign tested positive for the virus, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Farm Leader Banquet 2013

News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year Jack Murray was honored at a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Uni High vs. Georgetown Notre Dame de La Salette


Uni High vs. Georgetown Notre Dame de La Salette, February 4th, 2013 at Uni High School Kinney Gym

Sangamon Valley Boy's Basketball Tournament Semi-finals

St. Thomas More vs. Cissna Park-Crescent-Iroquois and St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Clifton Central at the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament semifinals at PBL in Paxton on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Post offices in area to have their hours reduced

LODA — Community meetings will be held in upcoming weeks in Loda, Elliott and Ludlow to discuss a plan to reduce the post offices’ hours in those towns.

Residents were sent letters earlier this month stating that unless 60 percent or more wish to have their post office closed, the U.S. Postal Service plans to keep the offices open but reduce the hours.

Corn yields vary widely in area

Area corn yields vary widely, according to grain elevator officials, with many crops suffering through low totals as a result of this summer’s prolongued drought.

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