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Urbana Rotary gift benefits A Woman's Place

URBANA – Children forced to leave their homes to escape domestic violence face many adjustments, big and small – like finding a safe place to play.

A routine trip to a public playground can be dangerous for children fleeing an abuser.

Urbana school board OKs tentative budget

URBANA – After wrestling for months with fiscal realities, Urbana school board members Tuesday passed a tentative budget for the upcoming school year that's in the black – for now.

"Everything's very tentative," said Carol Baker, district business director.

Ross-Al narrows merger field

ROSSVILLE – A last-minute offer Monday from Hoopeston Area school officials to form a cooperative high school prompted Rossville-Alvin school board members to reject a cooperative high school resolution with the Bismarck-Henning school district.

By default, the Rossville-Alvin district will now be talking exclusively to Hoopeston Area about a merger that would leave grade schools intact but send all students in both districts to a cooperative high school.

Vermilion County considers appraisals

DANVILLE – The county is considering having 12 of its buildings appraised by an independent professional, which hasn't been done in some years, officials said.

The buildings, which include the Vermilion County Courthouse, Vermilion Manor Nursing Home and the Vermilion County Health Department, have a rich history and needed to be thoroughly checked, county insurance agent Phil Kruzich said.

Developer told to revise Green project

URBANA – The developer of a proposed apartment building that has been a source of neighborhood ire along the West Green Street corridor will have to revise his plans before the project can clear city hall.

The city's little-used Development Review Board on Monday directed Mahommad J. Feiz to revise interior designs, come back with a landscaping plan and materials that can be approved by the city, and improve plans for screening against a neighboring property.

Supervalu gets national SuperTarget deal

URBANA – A national contract to supply SuperTarget stores means another 50 full-time warehousing jobs at Supervalu's distribution center in Urbana.

Hiring for the positions began last week, with wages starting at $14.13 an hour and increasing to $19.60 an hour after three years, said Mike Guth, general manager of the distribution center.

UI researchers develop concert of calculations

Painful as it might be, think back to your junior high school math class when they taught you to solve problems like 2 x Y = 6.

Easy, right? That Y, called an "unknown," obviously stands for 3. Now think about solving a problem with 20 million unknowns – that is, 20 million of those Ys.

Rantoul's development office will make move

RANTOUL – Rantoul's Aviation and Economic Development Department is moving its offices to be in the middle of an area it is trying to promote.

Mayor Neal Williams confirmed Friday that the department's offices and staff will be moving to the Rantoul Technology Center, formerly known as Smith Hall, by July 1.

Iowa man accused in motorcycle theft ring

URBANA – A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, man was arrested by Urbana police Saturday and accused of organizing a motorcycle theft conspiracy.

Jeffrey E. Haas, 28, was arrested on the conspiracy charge about 7 p.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of East University Avenue, according to an Urbana police report.

It's Your Business: Danville bookstore plans Harry Potter party

Blue Kangaroo Books in Danville will host a late-night book release party in honor of the fifth installment of a best-selling series.

Owner Vicki Auditore plans to open her downtown business for the party, starting at 10 p.m. Friday. The new book, "Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix," will be sold at midnight.