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Prairie North 2013 Disaster Drill

More than 15 local and state agencies took part in the first day of a three-day emergency response exercise April 11 to 13 called Prairie North 2013.They were at the  empty Abbott Acres apartment complex in Rantoul on Thursday, April 11, 2013.The agencies included local fire and police departments, area hospital and ambulance services, and Illinois emergency agencies.

Smitley wins in Pesotum

PESOTUM — Current village President Cheryl Smitley went out to lunch with friends on Wednesday to celebrate her election victory over former village President Timothy Lecher on Tuesday.

Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area

UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.

Champaign County election results April 9, 2013

Results from contested races in Champaign County:

√ indicates apparent winner.

Champaign County United Way short of goal by 9 percent

CHAMPAIGN — Contributions to the United Way of Champaign County are running behind, with less than three months left to meet the agency’s $3.3 million goal.

As of Tuesday, the United Way had raised a bit over $3.03 million, about 9 percent behind where fundraising was at this time last year, says United Way President and CEO Sue Grey.

Life Remembered: Shields 'respected and a real gentleman'

Colleagues remember Lyle Shields as a gentleman who was easy to work with on the Champaign County Board.

Mr. Shields, who died Friday at the age of 89, served on the Champaign County Board for 41 years, including 10 years (1986-1996) as its chairman.

County nursing home census dips

URBANA — The average daily census at the Champaign County Nursing Home dropped to its lowest level in more than three years last month, but the facility's manager said he did not believe it was because of reports of an increase in deaths there over the winter.

Relay for Life of Champaign County surfing for fundraisers

CHAMPAIGN — There's no place to go surfing around here, except on the Web.

But you may be seeing surfboards at some local businesses for the next couple of months.

It's part of an American Cancer Society fundraiser for the upcoming Relay for Life of Champaign County, for which this year's theme is Surfing for a Cure.

Hearing on Champaign County Jail canceled

URBANA — Monday’s public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center regarding the Champaign County Jail has been canceled.

Champaign County Administrator Deb Busey said that Dr. Alan Kalmanoff, director of the Institute for Law and Policy Planning, who was originally scheduled to speak at the hearing, was unable to make it to Champaign County from California.

Business listings March 31, 2013

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

Anywhere Anytime Journeys, P.O. Box 169, Rantoul, by Brad Martin, 357 Gibbs Drive, Rantoul.

DKE, P.O. Box 17482, U, by Dianna K. Epps, 1905 Christopher Court, #7, U.