October 2007

Arrest made in Haigh deaths

CHAMPAIGN – After 15 months of investigation, Champaign police arrested a man over the weekend for the brutal murders of Jerry and Sue Haigh.

Kenneth Sean Kelly, who goes by Sean, was arrested Sunday on two counts of first-degree murder for the murders of the Haighs in their home at 1702 Scottsdale Drive, Champaign, in the summer of 2006, according to Champaign police Lt. Joe Gallo.


This editorial ought to fire up Blagojevich

Will he respond?


Survey shows higher education in Illinois means higher tuition

What with financial concerns in Illinois about state spending for education, mass transit, the state police, health care, social services and infrastructure needs, perhaps we should revisit another one: higher education.

Last week the College Board reported that tuition and fees at the nation's public universities have risen this year at more than double the rate of inflation – an average of 5.7 percent. The culprit in almost every case is dwindling support from state governments.


Question of timing for Hastert

Is he leaving or is he staying? Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert ought to make up his mind one way or the other.

Hastert, who represents Illinois' 14th Congressional District and lives in Yorkville, announced this past summer that he won't be seeking re-election in 2008 and his would-be successors already are scrambling to replace him. But along with Hastert's announcement that he plans not to run again have been a consistent series of rumors that he intends to resign from his seat before his term expires.


Wow, is this headline misleading

As I read the Sunday NYT I wondered if we had missed a story


UI prof fishes for clues with catch-and-release practices

Originally from Canada, a country blessed with good fishing, Cory Suski likes to drop a line himself now and then.

Which only adds to the University of Illinois professor's interest in fisheries management and conservation, particularly recreational fisheries, whether large mouth bass in East Central Illinois or bonefish in the Bahamas.


Looking for work? Hoopeston workshop will help

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Multi-Agency, 206 S. First Ave., is holding an employee workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 for people seeking jobs.

The workshop is free, but reservations are required, according to Betty Shaffer, Multi-Agency director. To reserve a spot, call the Multi-Agency at 217-283-5544. The deadline to register is Friday.


Vermilion County liquor ordinance revisions on table

DANVILLE – Vermilion County officials are considering some changes in liquor ordinances, including granting the Vermilion County Speedway a license now that Catlin Township is wet. Officials also want to establish uniform closing hours for package liquor stores in the county.

Last November, Catlin Township residents approved changing their township from dry to wet to allow Sleepy Creek Vineyard near Oakwood to sell its wine at the vineyard.


Crowd turns out to support girl's family

DANVILLE – Pictures of Jenna Rose McMillin line a wall Sunday afternoon at the Oneeighty Building at New Life Christian Center on Bowman Avenue.

Behind the collage of memories, the sounds of an auction puncture the air – heeereee's a gift basket donated from (a local business or community member), starting bid is $20. Who will give me $20? How about $25? Who will give $25?


DACC instructor nabs national honor

DANVILLE – Glenda Boling was thrilled to be named the top instructor in her region by the Association of Community College Trustees this summer. But, she thought, there's no way she would win the national instructing award two months later.

The awards usually go to science and math teachers, the Danville Area Community College speech and drama instructor thought. In fact, last year's national winner was DACC's own Kathy Sturgeon, a professor of – what else – science and math.