June 2010

Cool, favorably dry weather across the Midwest...

Across the Corn Belt, cool, favorably dry weather prevails, following an extended period of abundant to locally excessive rainfall. Meanwhile, localized lowland flooding lingers in the western and central Corn Belt.


Theft of cigarettes brings 10-year sentence; Salt & Light donation charge dismissed

URBANA – A Champaign man who admitted his role in stealing cigarettes from a local store was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.

Chico Staple, 36, whose last known address was in the 500 block of North Fifth Street, pleaded guilty to burglary, admitting that on Jan. 11, he went in the Meijer Store, 2500 S. Philo Road, U, intending to steal cigarettes.


27-year city employee sues Danville over hiring decision

DANVILLE – A former Danville city employee, who worked more than 27 years for the motor vehicle parking system, has filed a complaint in Vermilion County Circuit Court alleging human rights violations and gender discrimination against the city for not hiring her in 2009 for a new position.


Donations keep Teen REACH alive for Georgetown-Ridge Farm this summer

GEORGETOWN – Project Success will be able to run a scaled-back Teen REACH program for Georgetown-Ridge Farm middle and high school students this summer thanks to local donations.


Bond set for Chicago man over cigarettes without tax stamps

URBANA – Bond has been set at $15,000 for a Chicago man charged with transporting cigarettes that did not have state tax stamps on them.

Lois L. Smith, 52, who listed an address in Chicago, pleaded innocent on Tuesday to felony transportation of unstamped cigarettes and driving a motor vehicle with a revoked license.


Reports of crimes

In crimes reported to area police:

CHAMPAIGN


New Champaign dental clinic for low-income adults could open in late spring 2011

CHAMPAIGN – A new dental clinic to serve low-income Champaign County adults and children could open by late next spring.

Lyn Jones, CEO of United Way of Champaign County, says a community group planning the clinic has raised about $300,000 to help pay for it, and a tentative location in Champaign has been identified.


Champaign County donors give more than ever before to United Way

CHAMPAIGN – Somebody forgot to tell United Way donors about the economic recession.

Despite market uncertainties, flagging consumer confidence and a jobless rate around 8 percent, Champaign County coughed up a record amount for the United Way of Champaign County's annual fund drive.


Preview of Wednesday's paper

In Wednesday's News-Gazette, Julie Wurth reports that somebody forgot to tell United Way donors about the economic recession. Despite market uncertainties, flagging consumer confidence and a jobless rate around 8 percent, Champaign County coughed up a record amount for the United Way of Champaign County’s annual fund drive.


Gays, lesbians and bisexuals have higher smoking rates, lung association says

Gay men and lesbian women are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals, and bisexuals smoke more than everybody, according to a report released this afternoon by the American Lung Association.

The report, the lung association’s latest look at health disparities, found: