Christine Walsh

Christine Walsh

Tolono working on new animal-control ordinance after dog attacked

TOLONO — The Tolono Village Board is crafting a new animal-control ordinance after an incident in which a pet was attacked in its own yard by two neighboring dogs.

On March 5, a German shepherd named Chloe sustained severe injuries after she was attacked by two pit bulls.

Sidney resident offers cautionary tale on wind farms

Ted Hartke doesn't want any of his neighbors to go through what he did.

The Sidney resident and his wife, Jessica, had to abandon their home in Vermilion County because of noise pollution from nearby wind turbines.

"They were so noisy, we had severe sleep deprivation," Hartke said.

Across the area, high school students take a stand by walking out

In Champaign and Urbana, hundreds of high school students walked out of class just before 10 a.m. Wednesday and joined a 17-minute peaceful protest inspired by their peers from Parkland, Fla.

Pit bulls that attacked Tolono couple's dogs in their yard declared a danger

TOLONO — Champaign County Animal Control is declaring two pit bulls dangerous following a March 5 incident in which they attacked two German shepherds in the shepherds' yard.

Veteran pilot hits new heights by singing with Mormon Tabernacle Choir

It was a once-in-a-lifetime three hours for Lt. Col. John Heimburger as the former Tolono resident recently lived his dream of singing with the world-renowned, 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Tolono youths' mission: Warming up C-U at Home's fundraiser

TOLONO — Some local youths are taking on a project to help the homeless.

Children from area churches' youth groups are meeting Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Tolono to make no-sew fleece blankets that will be distributed at C-U at Home's One Winter Night fundraiser Feb. 2.

A Life Remembered: 'Everybody loved' Unity grad who died in accident

PHILO — A Sidney teenager who died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident last week is being remembered as "just a great kid" who had been a popular student at Unity High School.

Savoy man gets 64 years in third sentencing for brother's 2010 murder

URBANA — A Savoy man convicted twice of fatally shooting his brother in 2010 has been resentenced to 64 years in prison.

Brian Maggio, 49, shot and killed his 32-year-old brother Mark on July 21, 2010, at the now-closed Tolono IGA store.

Champaign Rotarian leading effort to get clean water to Kenyan villages

CHAMPAIGN — Carl Burkybile says Americans take the ability to turn on a tap and get running water for granted and that for those in developing countries, the importance of access to clean water cannot be underestimated.

"It's life-changing, and it's life-saving," he said.

Fire destroys shed in Tolono; no one hurt

TOLONO — The Tolono fire department responded to a shed fire Friday afternoon.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Chris Humer, the cause for the blaze is undetermined and is under investigation by the MABAS Division 28 team.

The fire was at 210 W. Reynolds St. and was fully involved when crews arrived.