October 2008

October 2008

Paxton plan commission favors county regulation of wind farms

Company plans to put turbines east, north of city

PAXTON – The city's plan commission has recommended that the Paxton City Council not regulate wind farms within 1½ miles of the city limits.

Vermilion prosecutor candidates share ideas for office

DANVILLE – Both Randy Brinegar and Dan Brown pledged to improve the way the Vermilion County state's attorney's office is run and its image.

But the two political opponents differ in their ideas for doing that, as well as their experience.

Self-acknowledged 'novice' taking on Johnson in 15th District

URBANA – Steve Cox is not exactly a political junkie.

The Democratic nominee for the 15th Congressional District seat held by Republican Rep. Timothy Johnson didn't get involved in party politics until just over a year ago.

Tax boost would pay for existing Rossville firehouse

ROSSVILLE – Voters in northern Vermilion County will decide whether to pay for an already completed fire station.

The Rossville Area Fire Protection District board of trustees was planning to institute a special tax levy that would generate additional property tax dollars to be used specifically to pay off a low-interest, 20-year loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural-development program. Later, it found out the special tax levy would be illegal if used for paying a mortgage. This created the need to issue bonds in order to pay off the fire station loan, according to Dean Grimes, fire district board chairman.

Disability Resource Expo set for Saturday

URBANA – You're in a wheelchair and would like to make your house more accessible. Or you have a child with Down syndrome and don't know where to get help.

The second annual "Disabilty Resource Expo," scheduled for Saturday at Lincoln Square Village in downtown Urbana, could have the answer for you. The expo is designed to give Champaign County residents one central place to learn about available resources and promote a better quality of life for people with disabilities, whether they're physical, developmental, mental or emotional. The theme of this year's event is "Reaching out for Answers."

Local residents honored for cultural contributions


CHAMPAIGN – Looking back 50 years to when he and his wife first arrived in Champaign County, Carl Altstetter said he would not have called the area a cultural wasteland or swamp.

"It was more like a savannah – rather sparse. Now it's a lush, tropical rainforest of the arts," Altstetter said Thursday night at the Highdive in Champaign.

Georgetown library to host annual safety fair

GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown Public Library will host its annual safety fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the library, 102 W. West St.

Participants include: Georgetown Police Department; Georgetown Lions Club on bicycle safety; Georgetown Ambulance Service with free blood pressure checks; Georgetown Fire Department with fire trucks, equipment and Illiana Safe House; American Legion Post 203 Auxiliary; Georgetown Ladies Community Club on health issues; Georgetown-Ridge Farm FFA; and the Vermilion County Sheriff's department with Drug Abuse Resistance Education information and a K-9 unit demonstration. Also available will be information on computer and Internet safety. Call 662-2164 to learn more.

Homer awards contract for demolition work

HOMER – Village trustees have awarded a contract for the demolition of two derelict buildings to Fenter Machinery of Sidney for a total of $52,300.

The contract is for demolition and removal of debris at a residential property at 210 N. Church St. and at a commercial property, known as the Homer Beach building, at 110 S. Main St.

R.E.A.D.Y. program students get in step with conservation

CHAMPAIGN – Laine Hopkins no longer leaves the water running while she brushes her teeth, or the shower running an extra minute or two after she's done, to keep the bathroom warm.

Samantha Carlson fills the sink with rinse water when she's doing dishes, rather than just leaving the faucet running the whole time.

Call to Crimestoppers leads to arrest

CHAMPAIGN – A former Urbana man already sentenced to 20 years in prison for one drug crime is accused of again having drugs and also fighting with police.

Shamere Douglas, 20, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of Dodson Drive in Urbana, was sentenced in absentia on May 21 by Judge Heidi Ladd to 20 years for delivery of a controlled substance. The judge said Douglas would have received a maximum sentence of 12 years if he had showed up for the sentencing hearing. She also issued a warrant for his arrest.