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Pesotum considering water change

PESOTUM – Pesotum residents could soon be drinking the same water that Champaign residents drink.

Members of the Pesotum Village Board have begun talks with Illinois-American Water over the possibility of having that private company provide water to the community.

C-U lacks inspection program for balconies

CHAMPAIGN – Twenty-four-year-old Bobbie Seppelt, a University of Illinois graduate student, has lived in five different apartments during her college years, four of them with balconies.

She frankly admits that her current fourth-floor balcony at 408 E. Healey St., C, makes her nervous. She doesn't spend a lot of time on it.

Murdered woman twice was victim

CHAMPAIGN – An 84-year-old Champaign woman apparently murdered in her home Tuesday had the tragic distinction of being a victim once before in that same home in one of the worst crime sprees in Champaign-Urbana history.

Helen Melchi was believed to be the first victim in 1981 of serial rapist Dallas Richmond, an Urbana man convicted of home invasion and rape against three women – two in Urbana and one in Champaign.

Rantoul to pay $4,446 to state

RANTOUL – The village of Rantoul has agreed to pay a $4,446 settlement to the state for burning down a former Chanute Air Force Base building that contained asbestos.

The payment should bring an end to nearly two years of expensive problems brought on by the decision to use the old building for firefighter training.

United Way donation revives key programs

CHAMPAIGN – An additional $50,000 from the United Way of Champaign County will revive several programs for the elderly and developmentally disabled, but a senior transportation service is still looking for support.

The United Way announced this week that it will distribute $26,000 more to Family Service of Champaign County and $24,000 to Developmental Services Center for programs that help seniors and those with disabilities remain independent.

Fireworks in East Central Illinois

Below is a list of fireworks planned for the Fourth of July:

New Champaign school principals named

CHAMPAIGN – After a two-hour special meeting Thursday, Champaign school board members named a new batch of school principals, including principals of two of the three district middle schools.

Stephen Lucas was named principal of Edison Middle School. Lucas, a member of the University of Illinois education faculty and middle-school expert, and Champaign native Richard Patton, a special-education teacher in Alaska, held a public forum last week to talk to Edison parents.

Come Fourth to events

   The nation's independence will be celebrated this weekend in a host of fashions and locations across East Central Illinois. Residents can choose from among the most modern of coordinated fireworks and music shows to nonamplified, electricity-free historical presentations.

   The most elaborate celebration will be Friday's Champaign County Freedom Celebration.

Assistance for students gets smaller

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College's burgeoning student population will get a little less help from the state this year.

But Jack Lyons, Parkland's director of financial aid, said the college is using creative funding alternatives to help cover the shortfall in Illinois Monetary Award Program grants to help cover students' expenses.

Resentencing hearing to be continued later

URBANA – The resentencing hearing for a former Champaign middle school dean convicted of indecent solicitation of a child was unable to be completed Wednesday because he was hospitalized.

Brady Smith, 47, of Urbana, however, authorized his attorney by phone to go ahead with the prosecution's witnesses against him.