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Area official found guilty

SULLIVAN – A jury has found Moultrie County Board member William Wade Baumgartner guilty of perjury for signing election papers for the county board while living in Champaign.

The jury of seven men and four women returned a guilty verdict following four hours of deliberation on Thursday.

Friday the 13th strikes St. Joe man

ST. JOSEPH – A "really very odd incident" resulted in a fire that caused $60,000 in damage and injured a St. Joseph man.

According to Russell Chism, assistant chief of the St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District, firefighters were called to 2260 Wesley Court at 10 a.m. Friday. They found a house with "smoke throughout the residence," Chism said.

Sports injury legislation introduced

SPRINGFIELD – If a patient gets sick, a doctor will prescribe medicine to help them get better.

But if a patient suffers from a sports injury, sometimes the prescribed cure is rehabilitation instead.

Jerry's IGA employee gives account of 2003 robbery

URBANA – Although it happened more than a year ago, it was evident that Debbie Shoemaker is still terrified by having had a gun stuck in her face by a masked man and her employer robbed of thousands of dollars.

Shoemaker was the first witness to testify Wednesday for the prosecution in the Champaign County armed robbery trial of Sean Blackwell, 23, whose last known address was in the 2200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, Urbana.

Bugscope a hit overseas

Anna found the spider in her bathroom, and Chloe found the wood louse in her conservatory.

Conservatory meaning a sun room, not a musical venue, in Ireland where Chloe and Anna live.

Georgetown woman a published author

GEORGETOWN – It has taken more than three years from start to finish, but a retired Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School bookkeeper has seen her dream come true.

Janie Galyen has written her first novel, "Palmetto Summer," a mystery-romance, published by the online company Publish America.

Urbana library will experience March madness

URBANA – Elizabeth Oatis of Urbana was reading the newspaper Thursday morning at a table in the Urbana Free Library.

She enjoys spending time at the historic library in downtown Urbana, but she's not likely to be doing that next month.

Bill proposes educational trivia game

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, wants to send Illinois schoolchildren in pursuit of trivia.

Jakobsson has introduced legislation, HB 6572, that would require the State Board of Education to develop and market an Illinois trivia game based on questions submitted by the state's elementary and secondary school students.

Bill would curb potluck inspections

SPRINGFIELD – Potlucks would be protected from public health inspectors, under legislation recently introduced in the General Assembly.

State Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa, said he decided to file SB 2944 after hearing that the local public health department had shut down a monthly potluck at United Methodist Church in Minonk in Woodford County.

Trustees OK with later Chief vote

Several members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees said they have no problem delaying a vote on whether to retire Chief Illiniwek until after a March 16 and 17 student referendum on the issue.

The Illinois Student Government voted unanimously last week to give students a chance to vote on retaining or retiring the university symbol. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the issue at its March 11 meeting, five days before the student referendum.