Noelle McGee

Noelle McGee

Small Towns, Big Deals | Bismarck learning its strengths

BISMARCK — It's fourth hour at Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin High School, and students in one of the new Intro to Agriculture sections have just finished a quiz on swine breeds and terminology.

Earlier in the week, they studied cattle. Next up: sheep.

Danville double-murder trial Day 3 | Case puts focus on alleged use of car

DANVILLE — A Danville woman testified on Thursday that Glen Torres admitted to killing a local couple, about two months after their bodies were discovered at a vacant property west of town.

Danville double-murder trial Day 2 | Judge appoints attorney for witness

DANVILLE — On the second full day of Glen Torres' murder trial, special prosecutors called the defendant's uncle to testify about detailing the car in which Torres allegedly shot to death Theodore "Teddy" Hill and Zarra Strickland about three-and-a-half years ago.

Teacher of the Week: Jennifer Riefsteck

If you stop by Rossville-Alvin Junior High this week, you just may catch JENNIFER REIFSTECK and her eighth-grade math students chucking Barbie dolls over the top of a stair railing.

Danville double-murder trial Day 1 | Witness says he drove for paid hit

DANVILLE — A former Danville man testified Tuesday that on Aug. 1, 2015, Glen Torres paid him $200 to drive him around to look for two men he had been hired to gun down in revenge for a robbery and nonfatal shooting that occurred the previous day.

Opening statements set today in Danville double-murder trial

DANVILLE — Opening statements are scheduled this morning in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a Danville couple and dumping their bodies in a wooded area a few miles west of town about three-and-a-half years ago.

Glen Torres Jr., 30, of Danville, faces eight counts of first-degree murder in the August 2015 deaths of Theodore "Teddy" Hill and Zarra Strickland.

Fithian couple to be honored for work preserving Vermilion County history

DANVILLE — A Fithian couple will be honored next week for their "significant" contributions in preserving local history.

The Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society Foundation will present its second annual historic preservation award to Don and Sue Richter at a banquet April 25 at Turtle Run Banquet Center in Danville.

Georgetown man gets 60 years for molesting girl in his care over 4 years

DANVILLE — A 33-year-old Georgetown man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for sexually assaulting a child in his care over several years.

Vermilion County Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey on Thursday sentenced Joseph S.A. Johnson to 60 years in prison for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Police: Threatening note found in Southwest Elementary restroom not credible

DANVILLE — Authorities have determined that a threatening note found Thursday morning at Southwest Elementary School wasn't credible, school officials said.

The note was found around 10 a.m. in a restroom.

School officials said "out of an abundance of caution, the building was evacuated while authorities investigated."

Danville's Soul Garden Recovery Center set to open June 1

DANVILLE — Each morning, Nick Roberts and Jodi Beith celebrate another day of sober living.

Roberts, who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for 20 years, has been sober for two years now. For Beith, whose recreational drug use became a habit when she got hooked on back-pain medication in her early 20s, it will be four years in July.