Noelle McGee

Noelle McGee

Danville district wins USDA grant to get more fruits, veggies in elementaries

DANVILLE — Students at five Danville elementaries will get extra servings of fruits and veggies at school this year.

That's because the school district won a $77,650 grant to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

'Underground Railroad' author set to appear at Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN — Initially, Charlisa Hart wasn't sure about a book that dared to re-imagine the Underground Railroad — Pulitzer or no Pulitzer.

"My grandmother grew up in the South and was part of the Great Migration, so I thought, 'How can you change something so powerful?' Then I started reading it," the Champaign woman said of Colson Whitehead's celebrated novel of the same name.

Danville school board fires teacher accused of having sex with student

DANVILLE — A Danville High School special-education teacher who'd been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student has been fired.

The school board on Wednesday voted unanimously to terminate the tenured teacher, whom board President Bill Dobbles identified as Chelsea L. Robinson after the recommendation was approved.

Authorities mum on details of probe into former Vermilion County prosecutor

DANVILLE — Authorities remain tight-lipped about a state and federal investigation into the actions of a former Vermilion County assistant prosecutor.

However, circuit court documents reveal that the attorney, Aadam Alikhan, is being investigated for official misconduct and obstructing justice.

Bailey Academy principal appointed to fill vacant DACC board seat

DANVILLE — A longtime Danville schools administrator is Danville Area Community College's newest trustee.

At a special meeting on Monday, trustees approved appointing Tracy Cherry, principal of Kenneth D. Bailey Academy, to fill a vacancy that was created when Tonya Hill resigned on Aug. 10.

Danville police looking into weekend shooting that injured teen boy

DANVILLE — Police are investigating a weekend shooting that sent a 14-year-old boy to the hospital.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the shooting occurred late Saturday night in the area of Griffin and Fairchild streets.

Danville teacher's sex-assault trial set for Nov. 13

DANVILLE — A date has been set for the jury trial of a Danville special-education teacher who is accused of having a relationship with a 17-year-old male student.

Chelsea L. Robinson's trial is set for Nov. 13. However, officials say it will likely be continued.

Robinson, 28, of Danville faces three counts of criminal sexual assault-position of trust, a Class 1 felony.

Project Success gets $4.2 million in grants for after-school programs

DANVILLE — Project Success of Vermilion County celebrated its 20th anniversary recently by announcing two competitive grants, totaling $4.2 million, that allow it to continue providing after-school programming at two schools and expand to several more.

St. Thomas More moving to trimester format next school year

CHAMPAIGN — Come next school year, St. Thomas More will move to a trimester class schedule, officials at the Catholic high school told parents and students this week.

Danville police investigating armed robbery of pizza delivery driver

DANVILLE — Danville police are investigating the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver Tuesday night.

Cmdr. Josh Webb said the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Glenwood Street.

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