DANVILLE – When Melissa Downing started seeing a disturbing discussion among Facebook friends about the beating of a North Ridge Middle School student before school recently, she decided to do something about it.
Champaign-Urbana's smart cars, hybrid buses, bike paths and safe walking routes are among positive attributes that caused the area to be chosen as one of the top 15 "smarter metro" areas in the country for transportation by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Champaign-Urbana and Danville appear to have weathered the early years of the recession better than most metropolitan areas, according to statistics released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The bureau said 292 of the nation's 366 metropolitan statistical areas had declines in gross domestic product in 2009, when adjusted for inflation.
The Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and Champaign-Urbana metropolitan areas had the highest growth in gross domestic product among Illinois cities in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Here's the 2009 GDP for metropolitan areas in Illinois and how it changed from 2008:
– Bloomington-Normal, $8.77 billion, up 5.9 percent.
ST. JOSEPH – Parks and Recreation Director Victoria Waybright told trustees during a village board meeting Tuesday that she wanted to have a balanced budget by the end of the year.
She plans on doing this by cutting the number of counselors at the Summer Daze program from 22 to 15, with one supervisor. She proposed that counselors also receive a pay cut.
FISHER – After earning an Academic Improvement Award from the state, the Fisher Junior/Senior High School faculty and staff continue to tweak their curriculum.
At Arcola. Top-seeded Windsor held off a late Arcola charge, 50-48. GARRISON STENGER led the Purple Riders, who trailed 36-28 entering the fourth quarter, with 18 points.
ST. JOSEPH – Top-seeded St. Joseph-Ogden needed two overtimes to beat Bismarck-Henning 46-45 and reach Friday's regional final.
CATLIN – Two teams playing basketball. Two teams taking shots. Two teams missing shots.
One team rebounding made one big difference.
Salt Fork's work on the boards Wednesday propelled the defending Class 1A state champs into the finals of their own boys' basketball regional tournament with a 49-34 semifinal win against Schlarman.
HUME – If Shiloh girls' basketball coach Dave Tingley needs to bounce an idea off a like-minded coaching peer, he need only look across the living room.
His wife, Missy (Barrett) Tingley, is a former Shiloh star who is his assistant coach. And, boy, do they coach.