Tracy Crane

Tracy Crane

Autumn Fields' third area adult-living facility in Tilton already nearly half-full

TILTON — The third Autumn Fields Adult Community facility in East Central Illinois is nearly half-full after opening in September at its lakeside location in Tilton.

Poetry is key to why he's an ACE awards honoree

ST. JOSEPH — Jim O'Brien focuses on the black-and-white-lettered keys on his red 1960s Olivetti typewriter. A blank, narrow piece of cardstock sits there waiting for words.

It's so quiet in the St. Joseph township library that you can hear tires swooshing over the rain-soaked highway outside.

Clergy Corner, Nov. 2, 2018

DANVILLE — Like many other congregations that occupy older church buildings, members of First Presbyterian in Danville have faced challenges with lighting, heating and cooling their large house of worship, which has a gymnasium and education wing in addition to the sanctuary.

Lake Vermilion to be lowered 2 feet for boat-ramp repairs

DANVILLE — Those who live or play on Lake Vermilion in Danville need to be aware that the water level will be lowered by 2 feet Sunday.

Danville's tax-levy discussions begin with talk of possible increase

DANVILLE — As Mayor Scott Eisenhauer packs up to begin his new job as Rantoul village administrator next week, the responsibility of configuring Danville's next property-tax levy by mid-December will now fall mostly to City Comptroller Shelley Scott and acting Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. with input from aldermen.

Danville drivers will encounter county's first roundabout beginning today

DANVILLE — City officials are expecting some confusion from drivers who encounter Danville's first-ever roundabout at English and Jackson streets today.

The completely rebuilt intersection — two blocks north of Danville High School and a block south of the Danville Family YMCA — opens to traffic at 7 a.m.

Push building for hearing on plan to stabilize Middle Fork near coal-ash pits

OAKWOOD — Momentum is building for a public hearing where residents can voice concerns about a bank-stabilization project that is intended to protect the Middle Fork River from coal-ash pits at a closed power plant owned by Dynegy, which merged with Vistra Energy in April, but could also severely disrupt recreational activities on the river for up to a year.

Vermilion officials set adult mental-health first-aid training

DANVILLE — Vermilion County mental-health officials are launching a new series of mental-health first-aid training sessions for the public.

Royal treatment: Village president happy to hand off job after 28 years

ROYAL — In Royal, the title of mayor is nearly synonymous with the name Bob Vilven.

For most of the 65 years that the eastern Champaign County town of 293 people has been incorporated, one of two Bob Vilvens — father and son — has been mayor.

Vote on Eisenhauer's successor fulfills Danville alderman's dream

DANVILLE — After more than two hours of closed-door discussions Tuesday night, Danville aldermen voted 13-0 to appoint Alderman Rickey Williams Jr. as acting mayor.

Williams, who said it has been his long-term dream to be mayor, will take over for outgoing Mayor Scott Eisenhauer on Nov. 5, the same day Eisenhauer starts his new job as village administrator in Rantoul.