What began as a part-time opportunity that grew into a full-time operation. Heidi started this business as a way to make money on the side. With continued growth, she was able to leave her job and operate her Facebook group and business full-time. This year, after 11 years at JWP, Justin was able to resign and run their business full-time. It was then that the two decided it was time to expand into a larger space. The two reached out to the Champaign Economic Partnership and were thrilled to quickly find a space they had previously considered 2 years prior. Heidi said, "This wouldn't be possible without the help and support from their families." They are currently operating their business with the help of their families but hope to hire employees as the business expands.
Currently Hometown Bargains will be open Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm, Monday 10 am - 5 pm and Tuesday 10 am - 5 pm or while supplies last. They plan to continue online sales through their Facebook page on Wednesdays. Pricing for items in bins makes it easy for shoppers to know what to expect, on Saturdays everything in bins are $7, Sundays are $5, Mondays are $3, and Tuesdays everything in bins are $1. Whole pallets are also available for purchase. Heidi advised that hours are subject to changed as the business continues to grow. Make sure to follow their Facebook page for updates and changes.
“Of all the challenges we faced last year, I couldn’t be prouder of our team, who not only helped us achieve this accolade, but one that I personally dedicate to each of our associates,” said Jamie Houseman, president of Urbana Hospital. “Every member of our team from physicians to nurses to respiratory therapists to our dietary and environmental associates are responsible for the care we provide and this one is for them,” she said.
The ratings published by CMS are designed to help consumers compare hospitals by evaluating safety, quality and patient experiences. CMS updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for 2021, assigning ratings of one to five stars to more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on their performance across five areas of quality.
Publicly reported on the Medicare.gov website, the Overall Hospital Rating is based on performance on several dozen inpatient and outpatient quality measures that are grouped into five groups – Mortality, Safety of Care, Readmissions, Patient Experience, and Timely and Effective Care. The overall hospital rating is calculated using a summary score from these categories.
The ratings are an extension of recent advancements and achievements within the Springfield market and the greater Urbana community including expanded offerings such as behavioral health, access to primary and specialty care, a new, comprehensive intensive cardiac rehabilitation program that focuses on whole life changes following a cardiac event as well as new facilities such as a sleep lab, lavender rooms to assist associates in times of distress as well as a new Women’s Center (opening July 2021) amongst advancements in imagine and radiology services (Fall 2021).
COVID caused the cancellation of all of our events in 2020, but we are excited to announce that the events are returning in 2021!
Save the dates and click on the links below to learn more about these upcoming events in 2021! We will update this post as more event details become available.
Rock the Monument Four Miler - Friday, June 11, 2021
Art Affair on the Square - Saturday, September 11, 2021
Simon Kenton Chili Cook-off - Saturday, September 25, 2021
Holiday Horse Parade - Friday, November 26, 2021
And Save the Dates for these 2021 Downtown Urbana Shopping Events!
The good news: when caught early, breast cancer has a 99% survival rate. Early detection is the key to a full recovery. If you or someone you love needs a mammogram, please follow the information below!
For a screening, call:
Springfield Imaging and Lab Center or Mercy Health Urbana Hospital: (937) 328-8100
The Mercy Health Mobile Mammography coach: (937) 523-9332
Donation called an investment in youth
“When the Urbana Youth Center approached us, we immediately saw the value in what they are trying to accomplish,” Freund said. “We understand that about one in three of our area children lives in poverty. We are family and community-minded and feel a strong desire to step up and be part of the change.” he added, “This effort is exactly the type of positive, forward-thinking that keeps communities strong and thriving. Investing in the future workforce isn’t just a good business decision, it is a decision to help provide youth with the means for a successful life. I believe others in the community will see the same value that we do and look forward to seeing the success of the Urbana Youth Center ripple through our town for years to come.”
The school cited low enrollment figures that were exacerbated by COVID-19.
Though students no longer take classes at the university, its campus remains in tact. In an effort to bring the property back to life, commercial real estate firm CBRE placed it on the market. There is no list price for the property.
CBRE’s Anne Rahm and Todd Greiner are marketing the campus for sale on behalf of the owner, Franklin University.
“The Urbana campus listing is a rare opportunity for both educational and institutional users as well as investors looking for a unique redevelopment opportunity,” said Rahm, Midwest regional manager for CBRE’s Public Institutions and Education Group.
For more on the campus, visit the Dayton Business Journal.
Congratulations to Urbana High School Seniors Connor Trawick (Air Force), Landon Turner (Air Force) and Trey Williams (Army National Guard) on their military commitments.
Plans set for the fall
If you like to cook and have a killer chili recipe, don’t miss this opportunity to win the grand prize of $1,000. Additional winners will pocket $500, $300, $200 or $100 as runner-up. The discounted entry fee of $25 expires Sept. 10. Entries received after that date will be $50. Entries are limited to the first 50 teams (a team is limited to 4 members) and everyone must submit a written application. Applications to enter the competition are available online at www.chilicookoffofurbana.com.
Take advantage of the early discount and shake out those aprons, get out those pots and pans and create the best chili in Champaign County!
The festival is sponsored by the Monument Square District and is held in conjunction with the Hoopla Parade featuring the Dayton Antioch Shriners and their miniature vehicles. Applications for the parade are available on the Festival website and 4-H groups, ball teams, scouts, church groups and area bands are invited to join the fun.
“This is truly a family affair – something for everyone,” said Chairman Bean. “ To ensure a safe environment, we will adhere to all COVID protocols in place at the time of the event.