Noelle McGee

Noelle McGee

Salt Fork football coach resigns

CATLIN — Longtime Salt Fork football coach Brian Plotner stepped down last week.

Superintendent Phil Cox said Plotner submitted his letter of resignation on Jan. 16. His resignation was effective immediately.

No one hurt after Hoopeston Area school bus hits car in Flatville

FLATVILLE — No one was seriously injured when a school bus taking Hoopeston Area Middle School students to a volleyball game in Thomasboro collided with another vehicle early Monday evening in Flatville.

Lt. Brian Mennenga of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office said the accident occurred about 5 p.m. at the intersection of county roads 2500 North and 2100 East.

Salt Fork to paint gym pink in honor of aide who lost battle to breast cancer

CATLIN — Cuba Poulson served as a personal aide to Salt Fork High School special needs students, but colleagues said she had "a huge heart" for all students.

Danville man acquitted of murder in retrial

DANVILLE — After spending eight years and two months behind bars for the murder of a 20-year-old Danville man almost a decade ago, Lafayette Harper will soon walk free.

Danville murder retrial, Day 3: Accused's cousin testifies to robbery scheme

DANVILLE — Davieon Harper testified Wednesday that he and his cousin, Lafayette Harper, laid a plan to make a drug deal with two men on Oct. 24, 2009, knowing they didn't have any marijuana to sell, with the intent to rob them of their money.

Danville murder retrial, Day 2: A Drug deal gone bad: 'All I seen was a shotgun'

DANVILLE — Not long after setting up a deal to pay a guy named Buster $3,500 for 10 pounds of marijuana, Randall Smalley testified Tuesday, he found himself and his friend and future brother-in-law, Timothy Shutes Jr., sitting in Buster's car at Elmwood Park.

Danville murder retrial, Day 1: Scene of slaying recalled a decade later

DANVILLE — A former Danville police officer testified Monday he was called to a shooting at Elmwood Park on the evening of Oct. 24, 2009.

Danville man charged in death of St. Joseph woman found in motel room

DANVILLE — An 18-year-old Danville man was formally charged Monday in the death of a St. Joseph woman who was found unresponsive earlier this month in a Danville motel room.

Henry D. Graham was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of obstruction of justice in the Jan. 3 death of Tara Jackson.

MLK Outstanding Achievement: 'I'm a servant to my community'

CHAMPAIGN — Seon Eric Williams still remembers the cutting words from an assistant principal.

"You're never going to amount to anything," he recalled her saying. "You're either going to end up dead or in jail."

At the time, Williams was a junior at Urbana High School, where he played football and wrestled.

Fair Hope Children's Ministry gets roomier new place to do good

DANVILLE — For years, Fair Hope Children's Ministry, which provides clothing and other items to children throughout Vermilion County, has been operating out of the Bowman Avenue United Methodist Church parsonage.

"It's been very good for us," longtime volunteer Roberta Williams said of the small two-story house at 908 May St.