Noelle McGee

Noelle McGee

When lightning hit church, 'We very much believe that the Lord was in control'

URBANA — Around 12:30 a.m. on March 28, Adrienne Witruk and her husband, Neal, were jolted from their sleep by a loud boom.

"Our bed was shaking, and our windows were rattling," Witruk recalled, adding that thunder continued to reverberate outside. "We knew lightning must have hit something. It was so loud and distinct and close."

Advocates throw the book at Danville prison

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DANVILLE — Holly Clingan had braced herself for the missing books.

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When Peyton Hile was in middle school in Danville, she and big brother Noah tagged along with their dad to a teachers' conference in the nation's capital.

One of their stops: the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

On Saturday, the Danville High School student, now 16, returned for the academy's highly competitive Summer Seminar program.

Man, woman arrested in armed robbery at Danville gas station

DANVILLE — Two people are behind bars in connection with an armed robbery at a Danville gas station and convenience store earlier this week.

Danville district's summer challenge to families, staff: Turn off your tech

DANVILLE — Danville school officials are issuing a challenge to parents, students and staff this summer: Turn off your tech.

Molly Stanis, the district's special-education director, said families are being encouraged to power off their smartphones, tablets and video-gaming systems between 5 and 7 p.m. — or a couple hours of their choosing — every day over the summer break.

Danville buzzing after passage of bill including casino license for city

DANVILLE — John Beninati isn't a gambler.

But the longtime Danville resident said he's excited a casino may finally be coming to town after a nearly two-decades-long effort by local and state leaders to land a license.

"Danville needs the revenue and the employment," said Beninati, who'd likely go "once or twice to see what it looks like."

Danville police investigating armed robbery at gas station

DANVILLE — Police are investigating an armed robbery Thursday at a local gas station.

Cmdr. Josh Webb said officers were called to Casey's General Store, 2101 E. Main St., at 10:46 p.m. When they arrived, employees reported that a man and woman entered the store wearing masks.

Danville school board OKs visitor-ID systems for high school, North Ridge

DANVILLE — The Danville school district will roll out a new security system for visitors at two of its largest buildings this fall.

School board members this week approved the purchase of the Raptor Visitor Identification System for Danville High School and North Ridge Middle School.

Danville district applying for grant to offer all-day pre-kindergarten

DANVILLE — Come next school year, some pre-kindergarten pupils in the Danville school district could be attending a full day of school.

District officials, with board approval on Wednesday, plan to apply for a Preschool for All expansion grant from the state. If approved, the district would offer three all-day classrooms for 55 4-year-olds at Edison Elementary School.

Danville police investigate string of shootings

DANVILLE — Danville police are investigating a spate of shootings in the past three days, which sent three people to the hospital.

Commander Josh Webb said officers were first called to the area of Williams and Elm streets around 2:20 a.m. Sunday for a report of a man with a gunshot wound.