Noelle McGee

Noelle McGee

Ex-Danville middle school music volunteer ordered to have no contact with minors

DANVILLE — A former volunteer with the North Ridge Middle School music program and artistic director with the Beef House Dinner Theatre has been ordered not to have any contact with minors.

Thieves make off with $3,000 worth of tools from Danville Habitat ReStore

DANVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Danville officials are asking the public's help in recovering more than $3,000 in power tools that were stolen from its new ReStore Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

For some area public schools, class is already back in session

Summer's already over for students at three area public schools, which operate on the balanced calendar. A few things you ought to know:

Camp Corral a fun time for children of those who served, sacrificed

MONTICELLO — When Josh Bushart's mom announced she had signed him up for a week of camp, the 11-year-old from Mattoon was excited — and a tad nervous.

Sure, he would have 4 days to swim, fish and explore the grounds of the 4-H Memorial Camp at Allerton Park, on the outskirts of Monticello.

He would get to try new things like climbing a 30-foot rock wall.

Vermilion pioneers' descendants honor them with new tombstone

Around 1831, Daniel and Anna Henthorn Kyger left their home in Ohio and headed west before putting down roots in McKendree Township in southeastern Vermilion County.

"They weren't the first pioneer family in the county, but they were one of the earliest," said Nancy Michael, a descendant who lives in Georgetown, several miles from where her ancestors lived and farmed.

Prosecutor: 'There are other victims that have come forward'

DANVILLE — A former volunteer with the North Ridge Middle School music program accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2011 and 2012 met the victim when he was 10 through their involvement with the Danville Light Opera, according to Vermilion County’s top prosecutor.

UPDATED: Danville middle school music volunteer accused of sexually abusing teen boy

DANVILLE — The artistic director of the Beef House Dinner Theatre and a longtime volunteer with Danville’s North Ridge Middle School music program is behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2011.

Brian Pruitt's mother: Let my son out of prison

Karen Pruitt says her son is far from the out-of-control teen he was when he stabbed his grandparents to death in their Danville home nearly 23 years ago.

"He grew up," she said of Brian Pruitt, 39, who is serving mandatory life in prison without parole for the Oct. 17, 1995, murders of her mother and stepfather, Roberta and Frank "Pat" McNeely. "He's grown into a good man."

Balloons Over Vermilion festival ready to fly high again

Balloons Over Vermilion runs Friday and Saturday at the Vermilion Regional Airport, with the Splash 'n' Dash competition over Lake Vermilion kicking off the festival at 6 p.m. today at the Danville Boat Club. Here's a numerical look at the third annual event, courtesy NOELLE McGEE:

Danville man convicted of bribing alleged sex-assault victim

DANVILLE — A 37-year-old Danville man is facing between six and 30 years in prison for bribing a juvenile he allegedly sexually assaulted in January 2017.

A Vermilion County jury on Wednesday convicted Keyvell Lewis of one count of bribery, a Class 2 felony.