HARRODSBURG, Ky. – A Champaign police officer pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges accusing him of planning to murder a woman and her family.
Kevin Paul Crum, 31, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Lynwood Drive, Champaign, was arraigned in district court on six counts of attempted murder and four counts of carrying deadly weapons. He is also charged with criminal trespassing and improper registration for possessing a stolen license plate.
URBANA – The Urbana City Council has cleared the way – zoningwise – for a potential Wal-Mart Supercenter in east Urbana.
Will Wal-Mart soon follow?
Champaign Park District General Manager Bobbie Herakovich said income at Sholem and Spalding swimming pools is down $40,000 from a year ago.
"Most of it was due to the early cool weather," Herakovich said. "If the weather doesn't stay warm during the evenings, it hurts pool usage, especially in the weekends.
University of Illinois student Rachel Smith doesn't want to envision a world without cellphones. She's had her phone for two years and felt the need to bring her free long-distance minutes to campus.
"I knew it was going to be important because I can take it anywhere," said the freshman in general curriculum. "If I don't have my phone, it's kind of like I lost my world."
The University of Illinois continues to dispel the myth that increased diversity equals reduced academic standards.
In a record enrollment of 6,822 freshmen this year, the UI rose in minority enrollment from 30.5 percent to 31.4 percent. That's 2,148 students, 203 more than in 2002. It marked the third consecutive year above 30 percent.
When sophomore Sahil Bhatia was searching for his first apartment, it wasn't simply location that topped his wish list. He targeted a nine-month lease because he has no plans to take summer classes in 2004.
"I didn't want to go through the hassle of subleasing," said Bhatia, who moved into his new four-bedroom apartment at Melrose Place this month. "It's much easier for students."
ROSSVILLE ? Dana Thomas is thinking huge these days.
The owner of D2 of Rossville does specialty painting for businesses and private residences, applying faux finishes, painting murals and creating special effects. Whether it's a margarita door or a simulated tin ceiling, Thomas makes her clients environs something to talk about.
URBANA – The Upper Salt Fork Drainage District has filed plans to clear-cut the banks and remove sediment from several miles of the Salt Fork from St. Joseph to Rantoul, sparking another conflict with conservationists, who contend the project is unnecessary, costly and damaging to the wildlife habitat.
The district project seeks a $672,800 assessment that would be raised through taxes on landowners, 10 other drainage districts and the villages of Rantoul and St. Joseph.
DANVILLE – Rising waters forced officials to evacuate the homes off Hungry Hollow Road and place barricades in a number of locations. Flooding and the inability of storm sewers to handle the volume of water made some areas impassable.
The Danville Fire Department, at the request of the local Emergency Management Agency, notified the 30 to 40 residents of Morins Addition by going door-to-door beginning around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
RANTOUL – Jerry Glazik, owner of The Aquarium pet shop in downtown Rantoul, said he is concerned about how a proposed 1 percent village sales tax will affect his business.
"I think all the retail businesses are going to get hurt," Glazik said. "I don't think the Rantoul economy needs an increase right now. In the wake of the closing of Chanute Air Force Base, the village should be doing things to help businesses rather than raising our costs."