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2008-08-11 21:00:25

By Scott Richardson;srichardson@pantagraph.com The Nature Conservancy has transferred the 720-acre Chinquapin Bluffs Natural Area in Woodford County and the 60-acre Henline Creek Natural Area in northern McLean County to the ParkLands Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring natural areas based in Mclean County. ParkLands officials said the Chinquapin will become part of the group's Mackinaw Bluffs Corridor Project to restore about 1,500 acres of habitat...

2008-07-09 18:00:18

By The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 9--MCLEAN -- An official with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday was evaluating the site of a semitrailer truck crash that spilled an unknown amount of diesel fuel into a nearby creek and injured the truck's driver Tuesday night, authorities said. Kevin E. Rife, 60, of Plano told police he was northbound on Interstate 55 at Funks Grove around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday when the trailer began to jackknife and he lost control of the...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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