Tracy Crane

Tracy Crane

Rachel Fuller | A story that will stay with you

By RACHEL FULLER

Elizabeth Acevedo's bestselling young adult novel "The Poet X" follows Xiomara Batista, a young girl in Harlem who feels unheard but is yearning to develop her own voice. Her voice, she finds, can be hard to share while also living with(in) the expectations of family.

Marron to be sworn in as state Rep. Hays' replacement Friday

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron will officially transition from local to state politics when he's sworn in Friday as the replacement for state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, who will officially resign the same day.

Heather Hill residents press on after bid for drainage district board falls short

ST. JOSEPH — Residents in the Heather Hills neighborhood north of St. Joseph are already focusing on another attempt to gain representation on the Upper Salt Fork Drainage District commission after failing to get one of their own elected on Tuesday.

Eisenhauer's Rantoul interview adds new wrinkle to Danville mayor race

DANVILLE — As Danville's vice mayor, Brenda Brown has been asked one question a lot since news broke last week that Mayor Scott Eisenhauer is a finalist for Rantoul's city administrator job.

Who becomes mayor if Eisenhauer gets the gig and resigns?

The answer: an alderman.

Late trooper's parents humbled by show of support at dedication ceremony

FARMER CITY — When Bob and Rebecca Albin walked into Tuesday's ceremony dedicating a section of Interstate 74 in the memory of their son, state Trooper Ryan Albin, they were not surprised to see the room filled with more than 50 state troopers in uniform.

Westville man gets 16 years for recording child getting undressed

DANVILLE — A Westville man who admitted secretly recording an underage person getting undressed in the bathroom of a home is headed to prison for 16 years for child pornography.

Joshua W. Sentelle, 44, pleaded guilty to the Class X felony offense Wednesday. He will also be required to serve parole once released and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Youth Mental Health First Aid training set Sept. 10 in Danville

DANVILLE — The next Youth Mental Health First Aid training for any adults who work with young people, either professionally or as a volunteer, or anyone who knows young people, is coming up Sept. 10.

Danville to take up question of 2 mayor salaries

DANVILLE — Up for discussion this week in Danville: mayor salaries.

Not one salary, but two.

By the end of October, aldermen must set multiple salaries for whoever is elected mayor next spring, given the uncertainty over whether the non-partisan elected office will be a part-time or full-time job.

UPDATE: A Life Remembered | Crash victim recalled as 'best friend to everybody'

New 2:20 p.m. Friday:

Illinois State Police have released the name of the pedestrian who ran out in front of a pickup truck south of Danville this week, leading to an accident that killed a man on a motorcycle.

Police said 60 year-old Hildrus Hancock ran in front of the truck on Route One at Greenwood Avenue on Wednesday, causing the driver to slam on the brakes.

Danville man gets 20 years for trying to bribe alleged sex-assault victim

DANVILLE — A Danville man accused of sexually assaulting a minor was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for trying to bribe the victim to get the charges dropped.

Keyvell B. Lewis, 37, was originally charged in January 2017 with multiple counts of criminal sexual assault for incidents involving a teen girl.