'Run or Dye' won't be held in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The "Run or Dye" 5K, which had been scheduled for May 10, will not be held in Champaign, organizers said Tuesday.

They are hoping to hold the event, which is not a competitive race, in Rantoul.

Approximately 3,000 people already had registered for the Champaign run, which cost $47 per individual or $42 per person for a team of four or more.

Actor shares a film favorite with students

URBANA — As a 10-year-old, Patton Oswalt would watch "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" on TV — repeatedly.

He remembers it seemed to be on every other Sunday, and seeing it over and over allowed him to "notice little things about it."

Officials back incentives for DS Volition

CHAMPAIGN — Fearing the damage that two empty floors in the One Main building might inflict on downtown Champaign, city council members said on Tuesday night that they want to give up to $200,000 in incentives to video game developer DS Volition to stay in the heart of the city.

Monticello contemplating school fee hikes

MONTICELLO — The school board is considering increases in several fees this fall — plus a change in how fees are charged at the high school.

If approved, the proposal would include:

— Implementation of a $100 fee for the Small Wonders preschool program.

— A higher registration fee for high school but elimination of most class fees.

St. Joseph banquet to honor citizens

ST. JOSEPH — Parks and Recreation Director Victoria Becker will be honored as St. Joseph's citizen of the year on Thursday night at the chamber's annual banquet.

Other headliners:

— Boy Scout Troop 40 is the chamber's organization of the year.

— The St. Joseph IGA is the business of the year.

Catlin-Jamaica merger message in works

JAMAICA — School officials reviewed draft versions of a Catlin-Jamaica school consolidation report and a list of 19 frequently asked questions and their answers this week.

Their next step: start taking their message to voters in the two communities.

Gifford OKs new contract for schools chief

GIFFORD — The Gifford school board approved a new five-year contract with Superintendent Rod Grimsley that will run through May 14, 2019.

Grimsley, who was hired by the district three years ago, said there are no major changes in the contract.

Staffing concerns expressed for Villa Grove schools

VILLA GROVE — In anticipation of a large kindergarten enrollment for next school year, a group of parents is concerned about staffing in those classrooms.

The number of kindergarten classes was reduced last year from three to two, due to budget cuts.

Ford County seeks help with personnel manuals

PAXTON — The Ford County Board hopes to take advantage of free services offered by the Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) to save costs on revising personnel manuals.

Wind causes problems for fighting fire in Vermilion County

OAKWOOD — The wind created problems for several rural fire departments Tuesday as they battled a blaze in a heavily wooded, rural area along the Vermilion River east of Oakwood.

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