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Rossville-Alvin near merger choice

ROSSVILLE – Months of merger discussions with neighboring school districts may finally give way to action Monday night when the Rossville-Alvin school board considers a resolution to pursue a high school cooperative with the Bismarck-Henning school district – or a consolidation with the Hoopeston Area school district.

Rossville-Alvin Superintendent Carl Sartwell said the resolution states that Rossville-Alvin and Bismarck-Henning will form an athletic cooperative in all sports in the 2004-05 school year and begin sharing some academics. That would serve as a transition to share all athletics and academics in following school years.

Slavic scholars program at UI marks 30th year

URBANA – A unique summer research program at the University of Illinois for Slavic scholars will celebrate its 30th anniversary next week.

The Summer Research Laboratory on Russia and Eastern Europe begins Monday and runs through Aug. 8. More than 200 scholars from the United States and around the world will visit the UI this summer.

Spinning, weaving clubs to display work at reunion

Members of two spinning and weaving clubs will put their talents and products on display this weekend.

The Hoosier Heritage Spinners and Weavers and the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild will gather for a "reunion" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Homestead Area of Forest Glen Preserve, 7 miles east of Westville. Members of the two spinning and weaving clubs will display fiber art equipment, skills and products at the Vermilion County Conservation District park.

Class at Lincoln's Challenge sets record

RANTOUL – One of the classes at the Lincoln's Challenge Academy made history this spring by becoming the first class to earn academic awards in all five areas of study.

Cadets from Team 7 captured the academy's top academic awards in literature and art, writing skills, mathematics, sciences and social sciences this spring, according to academy spokesman Dick Steigmann.

State audit finds poor handling of contracts

SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday cited the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs for sloppy handling of nearly $2 million in information systems contracts.

"Without proper monitoring of contractors, there exists an increased risk that contractual requirements will not be met and that inappropriate or excessive reimbursements will be made," said the report from Auditor General William Holland.

Area libraries still waiting on grant money

RANTOUL – Two area legislators said Thursday they are hopeful that Gov. Rod Blagojevich will make a decision within the next few months over whether to award state grant money to libraries in Rantoul, Catlin and Westville.

The three libraries all have one thing in common. Former Gov. George Ryan awarded them library construction grants last fall, but none of the checks were issued before he left office.

Prof says packaging locks out tampering

If you find those layers of packaging, locking caps and seals you have to go through to open a new bottle of aspirin annoying, think of it as an anti-terrorism system.

Today's "tamper-evident" packaging, which stems from a 1982 scare involving cyanide-filled Tylenol capsules, is an effective barrier to terrorist attacks on the food supply, at least at the retail level, a University of Illinois professor says.

Hand grenades removed from Champaign home

CHAMPAIGN – Two hand grenades – apparently live World War II-style – were removed from the basement of a Champaign house by members of the local bomb squad this morning.

Champaign police Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said police were called by residents at 1107 W. Springfield Ave. about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The house had been recently purchased in an estate sale and the new owners discovered the two hand grenades above some duct work in the basement as they were moving in, Daniels said.

Savoy board endorses proposal for new school

SAVOY – The Savoy Village Board has set the stage for the construction of a proposed new elementary school in the Prairie Fields subdivision.

But it is anybody's guess when that school will actually be built.

Greyhound considers new stop at cyber cafe

RANTOUL – The Matrix Cyber Cafe may soon become Rantoul's new Greyhound bus terminal.

Rantoul Village Administrator Gary Adams said Wednesday that Greyhound officials have contacted the village about establishing a new bus stop and ticket selling operation at the downtown Internet cafe, which is located at 124 E. Sangamon Ave.