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2008-08-09 21:00:15

BLOOMINGTON - The 10th annual back-to-school block party will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at the corner of Lee and Monroe streets. Some 500 school kits plus additional supplies will be given away. Gates open at 10 a.m. but the line forms early. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive supplies. The event also includes free food and games, health checks, toothbrushes and mental health information, as well as entertainment and agency displays. (c) 2008...

2008-08-06 12:00:26

By Jerry McDowell and Ryan Denham, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 6--CORNELL -- When Tuesday morning's storm blew by Kathy Gragson's farm a few miles north of Cornell, she thought her new home was a goner. Instead, it was her barn and one of her toolsheds that bit the bullet. Like many others, Gragson and her family spent much of Tuesday picking up debris from a storm that weather officials said carried winds nearing 80 mph. "It looked like a war zone out there," said...

2008-08-05 21:00:11

Theater ACT season-closer GIBSON CITY - ACT Theatre Company closes its 2008 summer season with a dinner performance of the musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Doors for the show open at 6 p.m. Aug. 15, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. at Percfection Coffee House in Gibson City. The run continues Aug. 16, 22 and 23. The show celebrates the mating game and takes on the truths and myths of relationships. From dating and waiting to love and marriage, complete with in-laws,...

2008-07-31 21:00:37

By Tony Sapochetti, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 31--PONTIAC -- Dick Degenhart of Pontiac saw a forge for sale at an auction more than 30 years ago and thought that it could be an interesting hobby. The former general contractor retired about 2 1/2 years ago, but his interest in the ironworking hobby remains. He has learned how to make simply objects, like pokers, from blacksmiths in the area. And he's willing to show people the traditions of workmanship which many feel have...

2008-07-31 21:00:27

Historic DC-3 here for fundraiser BLOOMINGTON - A Herpa DC-3 will be at the Prairie Aviation Museum today during the museum's monthly fundraising dinner at the former terminal building of Central Illinois Regional Airport. The DC-3 was one of the first owned by Ozark Airlines and flew regularly into the Bloomington airport during the 1950s and 1960s. The craft is owned and operated by Dan Gryder, a pilot for Delta Airlines. Gryder and Jeff Pritchard will present an aviation-themed music...

2008-07-31 21:00:26

Antique road show It's an even dozen this year as the annual Antique Auto Exhibition at Bloomington's David Davis Mansion returns for the 12th time Saturday. You can bet your sweet hood ornament that there'll be a lot more than a dozen vehicles on display. In fact, the current estimate is around 75 cars hailing from the early 1900s through the ancient '70s. In addition to being on display, they'll also be part of the event's traditional "Parade of Progress" cruise round the grounds at 2...

2008-07-30 03:00:40

By Sharon K. Wolfe, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 30--BLOOMINGTON -- There are ways to combat the rising cost of energy, experts said Tuesday at a town hall meeting on energy efficiency. U.S. energy use has increased 2 percent annually since at least 1990, and that has to stop, said Brian Granahan, a staff attorney with Environment Illinois, a non-profit group based in Chicago. The nation has made technological leaps in the areas of computers and telecommunications, and now it...

2008-07-29 09:01:14

By Paul Swiech, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 29--BLOOMINGTON -- The two Bloomington-Normal hospitals no longer will be the only locations in the Twin Cities for patients to have certain surgeries that require overnight stays. BroMenn Comfort & Care Suites is scheduled to open next March in The Center for Outpatient Medicine (T-COM) building, 2502 E. Empire St., Bloomington, said Sarah Gardner, T-COM business director. BroMenn Comfort & Care Suites will be a...

2008-07-26 18:00:30

By Edith Brady-Lunny and Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 26--URBANA -- A Champaign attorney has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of an Urbana second-grader who was sexually abused by former teacher Jon White. The child, identified as Jane Doe 2, and her mother, Julie Doe 2, are seeking $1 million each from the Normal-based Unit 5 and Urbana school districts for battery related to the abuse. In April, White received a 48-year term from a Champaign County judge...

2008-07-24 03:00:31

By Kevin Barlow, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 24--LINCOLN -- City officials in Lincoln believe it's time for the city's Web site to receive a fresh look. A committee which includes several aldermen, Fire Chief Kent Hulett and Police Chief Stuart Erlenbush have met to discuss potential options. While aldermen hope for a major makeover, they learned they could be constricted by the budget. Only $1,000 was placed in the current fiscal year budget for upgrading the site at ....


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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