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2008-07-02 21:00:06

By Mary Ann Ford NORMAL - Grant Zimmerman painted his first circle on the paint wall Monday at the Children's Discovery Museum. He also went on the two-story Luckey Climber - where he got stuck and unstuck. Then the 2-year-old ventured outside and played with the monster bubbles. "He's having fun," said his mother, Rita Zimmerman of Normal. And he wasn't alone. More than 1,700 children and adults took advantage of free admission and a variety of special activities at the uptown Normal...

2008-07-02 06:00:52

By Tony Sapochetti, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 2--SAUNEMIN -- The Saunemin Elementary School gym may be closed and replaced with a new one, and school officials are asking residents to voice their opinions on the issue next week. The single-school district and the village are considering teaming up to build a $1.2 million, 13,500-square-foot gym and community fitness center both could use. A public hearing on the plan has been set for 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Saunemin...

2008-07-01 18:00:05

By Mary Ann Ford, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 1--NORMAL -- Grant Zimmerman painted his first circle on the paint wall Monday at the Children's Discovery Museum. He also went on the two-story Luckey Climber -- where he got stuck and unstuck. Then the 2-year-old ventured outside and played with the monster bubbles. -- | "He's having fun," said his mother, Rita Zimmerman of Normal. And he wasn't alone. More than 1,700 children and adults took advantage of free admission and a...

2008-07-01 03:00:09

By Mary Ann Ford, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 1--NORMAL -- Grant Zimmerman painted his first circle on the paint wall Monday at the Children's Discovery Museum. He also went on the two-story Luckey Climber -- where he got stuck and unstuck. Then the 2-year-old ventured outside and played with the monster bubbles. "He's having fun," said his mother, Rita Zimmerman of Normal. And he wasn't alone. More than 1,700 children and adults took advantage of free admission and a...

2008-06-26 18:02:40

By Michelle Koetters, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jun. 26--NEW 3:15 p.m. BLOOMINGTON -- Like planes taking off from runways, the direction airline fares have taken is up, up and away. Airlines are in the midst of a critical battle to survive because of today's record oil prices, said Carl Olson, executive director of the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington. In addition to reducing the number of employees and flights, airlines also are raising fares and adding new fees to...

2008-06-24 18:02:22

By Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jun. 24--NORMAL -- The soothing sounds of a little waterfall and chirping birds might not be as noticeable on Saturday when dozens of people visit the environmentally friendly yard of Sue Arnold and Dennis Maze. Native plants, no-mow grass, towering trees and a relaxing, natural atmosphere certainly will be noticed on the Candle Ridge Road property in the Indian Hills subdivision property north of Towanda. It's a stop on the...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

NORMAL - Renovation work at Fell Park is nearing completion. Crews have installed period lighting, a new swing set and new brick pavers. The water tower was tuck-pointed last year and has been lighted, and there is a new pavilion. Doug Wiggs, assistant director of Normal Parks and Recreation Department, said the rest of the work, which includes installing a new basketball court and benches, should be completed in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, neighbors of the park have ordered stone for...

2008-06-20 03:00:25

By Edith Brady-Lunny, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jun. 20--CLINTON -- Property owners along a proposed pipeline that will span a swath of land from Pontiac to Patoka filed a lawsuit this week in DeWitt County court arguing that an existing easement on their property is not valid. Attorneys Thomas Pliura of LeRoy and Peter Brandt of Bloomington filed the lawsuit on behalf of 19 landowners who oppose the Enbridge Pipeline--Illinois project. The pipeline company wants to construct a...

2008-06-19 06:00:35

By Tony Sapochetti, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jun. 19--PONTIAC -- People who work with angry, addicted or mentally ill clients at the Institute for Human Resources are seeing an increase in dangerous situations, so the agency is looking at new security protocols. Bob Kinas, the agency's safety officer, presented the proposed Code Red protocol on Wednesday to officials from the Livingston County Mental Health Board, the Livingston County Health Department and other public safety,...

2008-06-19 06:00:28

By Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jun. 19--NORMAL -- A consulting team that may help Unit 5 realign where students go to school in the next couple of years has impressed the district's superintendent. "It's something I want the board to hear about," Superintendent Gary Niehaus said of the work South Carolina-based McKibben Demographic Research and Ohio-based Cropper GIS did for Champaign's school district. They "put the kids on a map," he said. Jerry McKibben and...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'