January 2010

From ugly chair to trendy conversation piece

I spent about a week - and a little more than $20 - to turn a hand-me-down chair into a piece of furniture I love.


Truck overturns on I-57

CHAMPAIGN -- Motorists heading north on Interstate 57 from I-74 this morning should be careful.


Race pits veteran lawmen for sheriff

CLINTON – Jered Shofner and Tom Farris are vying for the Republican nomination for DeWitt County sheriff.

When residents vote at Tuesday's primary, they will be choosing between two candidates who each have over 20 years' experience, college degrees in law enforcement, and a familiarity with DeWitt County.


Shop incident brings arrest

CHAMPAIGN – Police arrested a Rantoul man on Thursday morning in connection with an incident earlier this week at a Champaign store.

According to a police report, a man entered Computer Deli, 39 E. Marketview Drive, Champaign, with a laptop computer asking for repair service at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday.


Certain individuals qualify for free tax form assistance

DANVILLE – The AARP-sponsored tax program will provide free tax assistance to taxpayers with low or moderate incomes, the handicapped and the elderly beginning Monday through April 15.

Volunteer counselors, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will operate counseling desks at the following times, days and sites:


Police say burglars posing as city workers

DANVILLE – Danville police are warning the public about individuals knocking on doors and posing as city workers trimming trees, so they can get into homes and burglarize them.

Doug Miller, deputy director of Danville police, said his department has received two reports of such incidents and the Vermilion County sheriff's department has had a report of another. He said the suspects seem to be targeting elderly residents.


Money a big topic in race for cash-strapped office

WATSEKA – The two men running for Iroquois County sheriff in next Tuesday's Republican primary election have differing views about the need to retain a second administrator in the Iroquois County Sheriff's Office and the need to pass a sales tax proposal to support the office's operation.

Cissna Park resident Dan Sukel, a former deputy for the Cook County Sheriff's Department, has pledged to eliminate the position of chief deputy sheriff – a job currently held by his opponent, Derek Hagen of Watseka.


Incumbent facing challenges from two newcomers to political scene

PAXTON – The three police officers running for the sheriff's office on the Republican primary election ballot next Tuesday have varying ideas on how to improve the operation, staff and facilities of the sheriff's department. Meanwhile, all three agree that providing patrols throughout the county is a priority.

The winner of the primary will likely be the man elected sheriff, because no candidates from other parties are running for sheriff on the November general election ballot.


Fund established to help Haitian students

DANVILLE – A Danville Area Community College organization today is launching an effort to help earthquake victims in Haiti, as well as three international students from that country.


Man held on heroin allegations

URBANA – An Urbana man alleged to have heroin for sale near a park and a school is being held in lieu of $350,000 bond.

Chester Bennett, 47, of the 1200 block of West Beslin Street, was charged Wednesday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance alleging that on Tuesday he possessed heroin at his home, which is within 1,000 feet of King School on Fairview Avenue. The location makes the offense a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.