Noelle McGee

Noelle McGee

A bicycle built for almost 102

SADORUS — Ruth Klitzing is living proof that you're never too old to try something new.

Earlier this week, the longtime Sadorus resident took her first bike ride — six days shy of her 102nd birthday on Monday.

"She said it was kind of rough," daughter Karen Tempel said with a laugh. "But she's glad she did it. Now she can cross it off her bucket list."

'That emotional connection': A few words with UI homecoming grand marshal Scott Altman

CHAMPAIGN — It's been quite a year for retired astronaut and University of Illinois alumnus Scott "Scooter" Altman.

Woman gets 60 years for fatal parking lot shooting

DANVILLE — Nearly 1 1/2 years after she gunned down a man in a grocery store parking lot, following a minor accident with two of her children, Lakeisha M. Cunningham stood in a courtroom and apologized for her actions.

Grab and Go cart boosts rate of students eating breakfast

DANVILLE — Kyra Ray is not a morning person.

The Danville High School sophomore said she usually wakes up about 10 minutes before she catches her 7:40 a.m. bus to school. That gives her enough time to dress, sweep her hair into a messy bun and grab her backpack.

And breakfast?

"I don't usually eat it," Ray said.

2 male students charged after firework set off inside Danville High

DANVILLE — Two Danville High School students are facing criminal charges for allegedly setting off a firework inside the school Wednesday morning.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said two males, ages 17 and 18, were each charged with possession of an explosive and reckless conduct and were being detained at the county's juvenile detention center.

Purple pride: St. Joseph rallying around volleyball player battling lymphoma

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph-Ogden High School volleyball team is rallying around a teammate who is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Schlarman meeting sheds light on state of school, firing of principal

DANVILLE — There was little mention of Gail Lewis or Christina Dietzen at a meeting for Schlarman Academy parents, alumni and supporters on Wednesday night.

UPDATE: Danville High put on soft lockdown after students set off firecracker

UPDATE, 12:40 p.m.:

DANVILLE — Savanna Azimi was near the attendance office at Danville High School Wednesday morning when she heard a loud noise.

She was on her way to do something “when a monitor pushed me into the computer room,” said the junior, who thought it was a drill. “I was confused until I saw people running. (Then) I got scared.”

Teacher of the Week: Barb Rew

As a girl, BARB REW dreamed of becoming a teacher. But life took her down a different path, and she earned a degree in recreational therapy.

"I loved doing what I did, but I missed working with kids," said Rew, who after several years of substitute teaching returned to school and got a master's in education.

Longtime Vermilion educator leading Schlarman after principal's abrupt firing

DANVILLE — A longtime Vermilion County educator who started out teaching at the old St. Paul School is now leading Schlarman Academy in the wake of its principal's abrupt firing Sunday.