Noelle McGee

Noelle McGee

Danville school board approves pay increase for substitutes

DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Wednesday approved a raise for substitute teachers, making them the highest paid in the area.

The increase, which takes effect today, makes their daily rate $125, up from $95.

Other substitute staff also get pay increases:

— Retired District 118 teachers: $135 a day, up from $115.

— Teaching assistants: $85, up from $65.

Danville man convicted of murdering neighbor in 2014

DANVILLE — A 42-year-old Danville man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for fatally shooting his neighbor at their small apartment complex nearly four years ago.

FBI agent tells of recovering texts advising defendant on cleanup

DANVILLE — Theron M. Price recalled Monday that on Nov. 24, 2014, he and his neighbor, William Newbern III, spent the early part of the evening drinking vodka in Mr. Newbern's apartment.

But Price testified that he didn't shoot Mr. Newbern that evening, and when he left the apartment, his neighbor walked him to the door and locked the deadbolt behind him.

Forensic scientist: Blood found on accused man's boot matches victim's

DANVILLE — Blood recovered from one of Theron M. Price's boots most likely belonged to the neighbor he's accused of arguing with and then shooting to death in the man's apartment nearly four years ago, according to DNA evidence presented at Price's murder trial on Friday.

Analyst: Gunshot residue found on accused man's work jacket, truck

DANVILLE — A forensic scientist testified on Thursday that gunshot residue was found on the work jacket and vehicle of a Danville man who is accused of gunning down his neighbor at their small apartment complex nearly four years ago.

Bismarck-Henning student in custody after alleged 'terroristic threat'

BISMARCK — A 13-year-old male student is in custody for allegedly making a "terroristic threat" via text message on Tuesday afternoon.

Capt. Mike Hartshorn of the Vermilion County Sheriff's Office said the teen was arrested on a preliminary charge of disorderly conduct. The case is now being referred to the state's attorney's office.

Witness: Victim in 2014 killing had argued with accused the night before

DANVILLE — On the evening before his body was found lying in a residential area on the east side of town, William Newbern III had been drinking and arguing in his home with the man who is accused of shooting three bullets into his back.

Teacher of the Week: Miranda Simmons

Submit your nominations: On Wednesdays, we’ll spotlight an area educator who is making a difference in the classroom and community. To nominate: email N-G schools writer Lyndsay Jones at or tweet her (@__lyndsayjones).

Danville officer says blood trail from body in 2014 death led to suspect

DANVILLE — Shortly before 7 a.m. on Nov. 25, 2014, Danville police Officer Nathan Howie was called to the city's east side for a possible murder.

When the 24-year veteran cop arrived, he saw a man's body lying in a yard on the north side of the house at 502 N. Griffin St. The man was unresponsive.

The right recipe: Restaurateur has 'committed his life to helping others'

CHAMPAIGN — For the past two years, Sahil Contractor has missed his family's Thanksgiving dinner to feed the homeless and others who were alone for the holiday.

When asked why, the young owner of two Wingstop restaurants — including one at 512 S. Neil St., C — simply says, "I've been so blessed in my life."