March 2012

March 2012

Urbana student faces drug charge

URBANA — An Urbana High School student who allegedly had cannabis for sale at school has been charged with a felony.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Devontre Newbill, 18, who listed an address in the 1400 block of West Bradley Avenue, Urbana, was charged Wednesday with possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

Bollant: 'Great things are ahead for our program'

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois, which hasn't made the NCAA women's basketball tournament since 2003, is hoping Matt Bollant can end the drought.

Wildly successful at Green Bay, Bollant was introduced as the Illini's eighth coach at a news conference this morning on campus.

Ohio fighting for Groce

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — A spokesman for the University of Ohio says administrators there are trying to find money to give the school’s basketball coach a raise and keep him in Ohio. Coach John Groce is said to be the top target for Illinois’ coaching job.

EIU lecture to focus on history of dollar

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CHARLESTON — Historian H.W. Brands will discuss "The Past, Present and Future of the Dollar" at Eastern Illinois University on Thursday evening.

Brands, who has written more than 25 books on U.S. history, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

GOP meeting set to pick circuit clerk candidate

CHAMPAIGN — Republican precinct committeemen tentatively are scheduled to meet April 12 to name a replacement candidate for Champaign County circuit court clerk.

Guilty plea brings nine-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted having cocaine intended for sale at a home in Rantoul almost a year ago has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

John L. Jenkins, 46, who listed an address in the 400 block of South Steffler Street, pleaded guilty to having cocaine on May 12, 2011.

Vermilion organization hopes more walkers will help keep county clean

DANVILLE — Almost every day, Ed Hamilton stuffs a plastic bag or two in his back pocket and takes a 3-mile walk in his neighborhood, picking up trash he sees along the way.

Champaign wants to replace bus building with bond issue

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign school district's transportation center houses a fleet of 59 buses and more than 90 employees.

But don't try to get all the employees in the facility's break room — they've tried it and don't fit, even with people crouching and squeezing, said Christine Goines, a dispatcher who's worked for the school district for 17 years.

Developments planned near Boneyard Basin

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign developer Dan Hamelberg said he plans to move ahead with designs for a new apartment community along First Street, west of the Boneyard Basin.

Meanwhile, the owner of an adjacent auto body shop at the northeast corner of First Street and Springfield Avenue said he plans to tear it down and replace it with a new commercial building.

Savoy commission recommends denial for day care move

SAVOY — A project to relocate a day care center took a hit this week when it failed to gain the backing of a village advisory panel.

The Savoy Planning Commission recommended 4-2, with one member absent, to deny granting a special-use permit and rezoning the site from C-3, community commercial, to C-2, neighborhood commercial, for the facility.