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Murals, murals on the walls? Danville officials hope so

DANVILLE – Downtown Danville Inc. and the Danville Area Convention and Visitors bureau want to paint the town this summer.

Officials from both organizations announced at a meeting Wednesday night at the David S. Palmer Arena a project to decorate downtown buildings with murals featuring local people, places, products and history.


Area update

Area update

Pilots seek plan to boost airport usage, finances

PAXTON – In the wake of the Paxton City Council's 5-3 vote in December to keep the municipal airport open, officials – and pilots, too – are faced with the question of what can be done to generate more interest in the airport and more revenue from the sales of fuel to pilots.


Food bank says client numbers have soared for years

CHAMPAIGN – Gina Stocking doesn't need a national study to know demand for emergency food help is on the rise.

She sees the evidence walk through the door every day at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Champaign, where she's been a volunteer for 18 years.


Rotary members camping out, collecting donations for Haiti

Champaign West Rotary Club will set up a 24-hour winter camp-out in downtown Champaign this morning to raise money for Haitian relief.

Members will camp in emergency shelters from ShelterBox International, which has already provided shelter for more than 30,000 people in Haiti.


UI's Urbana employees told of separation program

URBANA – Urbana campus employees of the University of Illinois saw for the first time Tuesday a voluntary separation program that had been rumored since last week.

In a campuswide e-mail sent out late Tuesday afternoon, Elyne Cole, UI associate provost for human resources, told all academic professional employees and all civil service employees in Urbana that they may be eligible for up to $75,000 in separation pay.


Vermilion County agency needs weather spotters

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency is looking for certified weather spotters, particularly for the western part of the county.

The National Weather Service's Lincoln office will present a 2010 annual spotters training class on March 1 at the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency training room, 2507 Georgetown Road, Danville.


Quilts to be raffled off to help Haiti

URBANA – An Urbana couple is spearheading a community quilt project to raise money for Doctors Without Borders relief work in Haiti.

Jacqueline Hannah seeks donations from local folks of one or several quilt blocks to be used in quilts that she and her husband, Mike, will put together. They seek at least 100 blocks.


Plane lands safely at Vermilion airport after gear problem

DANVILLE – A pilot from Texas who had a nose-gear problem safely landed his airplane at the Vermilion Regional Airport late Saturday afternoon after flying over the airport for hours.

Airport Manager Bob Gagnon said the pilot had taken off from the airport in his T-34, a single-engine military trainer made by Beechcraft, about noon headed for Texas.


Tax help offered for low-income residents

CHAMPAIGN – Low-income individuals and families can get help with their taxes as part of a program offered by the Center for Economic Progress.

The center has scheduled four days in Champaign when volunteer tax preparers will help people fill out their federal and state income tax returns.


Press Problems Could Cause Delivery Delay

Due to a mechanical failure, the News-Gazette printing was delayed today. The problem was corrected but it could result in some later delivery times for News-Gazette readers. The News-Gazette Customer Care Center will be staffed until 10am on Sunday. They can be reached at 217-351-5252.