CHAMPAIGN – Justin Lumetta can rattle off his stats just like a professional athlete.
Ask him how his running is going, and he'll tell you the number of laps he can get in on the playground during recess and how that's improved since last year. He'll tell you how many plastic feet he's earned for his miles, and how he's competing with a classmate who has a few more than he does.
RIDGE FARM – Georgetown-Ridge Farm school officials are asking for the public's help in getting a relatively new band program off the ground.
School officials launched the program for fifth-graders at Ridge Farm Elementary School last winter. Now they're looking for donated musical instruments for some of the budding musicians.
BEMENT – Students in the school district won't learn much about Veterans Day if they don't attend classes.
That's what Superintendent Darrell Stevens thinks, and that's why Bement is holding a hearing to waive Veterans Day and Lincoln's birthday as school holidays.
DANVILLE – A survey of 194 Vermilion County residents shows that their favorite Life Savers candy flavor is cherry.
It also shows their least favorite flavor is raspberry.
ROSSVILLE – Sending Rossville-Alvin High students to Bismarck-Henning and Hoopeston Area high schools may get a little cheaper this school year.
If all three school boards approve a deal next month, Rossville-Alvin will pay about $50 to $60 less per student to send its high-schoolers to Bismarck-Henning and Hoopeston Area.
RANTOUL – When Rantoul Township High School opened its new "cafetorium" in 2003, it didn't take community members long to size up the new local resource.
Now it's a popular public spot. Two beauty pageants hold practices and their events there. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, ministers, churches and Rotary and Lions clubs hold meetings there, and the Rantoul Theater Group rehearses in the spacious room with a stage, lighting and other professional equipment.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial High School officials will begin meeting with a few black students from each grade level next month to discuss their concerns regarding the school. The plan follows large group meetings with the school's black students earlier this month that drew criticism.
The students met by grade level at meetings on Nov. 7 and 8. The meetings were open to black students only. No teachers were present.
URBANA – On Saturday, fifth-grader Khalil Toombs spent his morning in school.
But he didn't mind.
URBANA – Urbana swimmers can see some water at the end of the tunnel.
The Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, closed since a July 24 fire, is scheduled to reopen on Jan. 16, Urbana Park District spokeswoman Dana Mancuso said.
VILLA GROVE – The Villa Grove school board has come to a tentative agreement with the city for a time extension on a tax increment financing district that has been under discussion since August.
According to Superintendent Steven Poznic, city officials have made a verbal agreement to commit a portion of future revenues from the district for school district purposes.