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URBANA – At least eight young people in Champaign County will have a bona fide New Year's resolution to make, and a judge to help them keep it.
State's Attorney Julia Rietz has filed truancy petitions against eight students from four different Champaign County schools alleging that they have missed at least 10 percent of their classes this school year, or 18 days.
URBANA – Twenty students went to the hospital after someone sprayed pepper spray in Urbana Middle School early Thursday afternoon. A 14-year-old student was arrested in the incident.
"There were some who were in the direct area of the release and a few who were transported to the hospital just for precaution," said Mike Dilley, division chief of the Urbana Fire Department, which responded to the call at 12:42.
CHAMPAIGN – Westview Elementary School students used the money they made from selling homemade notecards this month to make some unusual purchases.
They bought a cow. And a water buffalo. And a couple of chickens.
HOMER – About 60 people packed the Heritage Junior High School cafeteria Wednesday night to hear the Heritage school board authorize a new co-operative sports agreement with the Shiloh district, but not without several of the board members expressing reservations about the pact.
The agreement will be in effect for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.
DeLAND – The DeLand-Weldon school board has approved a sports cooperative agreement with Cerro Gordo for boys' baseball and girls' softball for the upcoming season.
Last year the school had a co-op agreement with the Blue Ridge school district for the two sports. Blue Ridge dropped the agreement last year in the wake of new IHSA regulations concerning school size for playoff games.
CHAMPAIGN – Less than two months after a heart attack and subsequent major surgery, Parkland College President Robert Exley was back in his seat at the board of trustees' regular meeting Wednesday.
He expressed his thanks for all the help he and his family members, who accompanied him to the meeting, received during the ordeal just four months into his tenure as president.
URBANA – Many of Urbana High School's remedial classes aren't working, said Principal Laura Taylor, and the answer isn't in fixing them, it's in dropping them altogether.
She said the classes have not prepared students with enough information or set high enough expectations for them.
ST. JOSEPH – Students at St. Joseph-Ogden High School may have a few more options when charting their course lists next year, now that administrators and faculty have looked at scheduling flexibility.
Principal Chad Uphoff reported to the board Monday on three ways to give students a chance to balance courses they need for college, courses they need to graduate and the fun electives they want to take.
URBANA – Ask a cafeteria table of eighth-graders what they think about school lunch and you won't have to wait long – or even until the end of the question – for a plateful of answers.
Morgan Applebee thinks that school lunch is "gross."
DANVILLE – When Anderson Funeral Home Director Ryan Anderson thinks of Hoopeston Area school district Superintendent Mark Conolly, he recalls a time when Conolly, then the principal at Hoopeston Area High School, wrote his parents a thank-you letter for raising a good student.
"Not too many principals would do that," said Anderson, 27, a Hoopeston Area graduate and now an assistant coach for the school's baseball team.