Five members of Illinois coach Sujay Lama''s women''s tennis squad and two members of UI coach Craig Tiley''s men''s squad earned national academic awards for the last school year.
Jennifer McGaffigan, Tiffany Eklov, Leila Cehajic, Cynthya Goulet and Isabel Jarosz were named Intercollegiate Tennis AssociationScholar-Athletes. Recently graduated Phil Stolt and senior-to-be Chris Martin made the list on the men''s side.
CHAMPAIGN – Carle Foundation Hospital and the Champaign County YMCA will join forces to build a new YMCA designed to serve the range of health, sports medicine and wellness needs from youth to old age.
The agencies announced Tuesday that they will jointly build the 90,000-square-foot building on 12 acres near the intersection of Staley and Windsor roads. Carle's participation has changed from a lease partner, which was announced more than a year ago, to a full equity partner, contributing 42 percent of the roughly $13 million cost of the building, plus sharing operating expenses.
Gotta love those Valeks.
They''ve waded through thick and thin, and they''re still smiling in Columbia, S.C.
URBANA – A Champaign teen-ager whose gun-related record dates back to the age of 11 was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a Champaign teen.
Maurice Jackson, 19, who listed an address in the 600 block of East Vine Street, was convicted by a Champaign County jury in May of the first-degree murder of DaMarcus Cotton, 17, who lived at 414 W. Eureka St.
DANVILLE – Vermilion County prosecutors this week dropped murder charges against a Danville man in the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Dustin Pruitt.
But prosecutors charged the man – Adam C. Kent, of the 1300 block of McKinley Street – with obstructing justice in connection with the case.
URBANA – Champaign County ballots will include four Green Party candidates running for county board, and it appears a Socialist Equality Party candidate will make it on the ballot for the 103rd seat in the state House of Representatives.
The Champaign County Electoral Board ruled Tuesday that Ken Urban and Dave Sacks can run in county board District 7, Susan Rodgers in District 8 and Zach Miller in District 9.
CHAMPAIGN – Dan Casing, Champaign schools' assistant superintendent for financial services and operations, has resigned suddenly, effective July 30, right in the middle of the district's budget-building process.
Casing, who was hired in November 2002 to fill the restructured position, is the third person to hold the job in four years. Beth Shepperd, assistant superintendent for human resources and community relations, said Bob Arnold, who was temporarily in charge of the office before Casing was hired, has returned to the Mellon Building to fill in until a new person is hired.
Is it necessary to be "blissfully ignorant" to enjoy sporting events? Jim Donaldson, pontificating from his Little Ol'' Rhode Island paradise, so states in the Providence Journal.
Donaldson says fans need to be oblivious, heads in the sand, develop tunnel vision and turn a dead ear. Otherwise, we''ll be miserable.
DANVILLE – Vermilion Advantage will host Vermilion County Day at the University of Illinois vs. UCLA football game on Sept. 11.
This is the second year for the event.
URBANA – After three years of cuts, a budget appropriation of the same amount as last year is good news to University of Illinois administrators.
And it will be good news to faculty and staff that they will get modest raises this year.