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Armed robbery in Savoy under investigation

SAVOY - Champaign County sheriff's deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Radio Shack near Walmart Thursday night.

Sgt. Tony Shaw said just before 8 p.m., a man covered "from head to toe in dark clothing, including a mask," entered the store at 503 S. Dunlap Ave. where two employees were working, displayed a weapon and made off with merchandise.

Tom's Mailbag Oct. 24, 2014


Mailbag questions about an inoperative but prominent clock, the biggest funerals in local history, and lots about politics and the upcoming election.

Woodfield Drive work under consideration in Savoy

A highly traveled road in Savoy could look different by this time next year.

GOP cries foul over Danville officials processing some absentee ballots

DANVILLE — Danville election officials opened and processed a number of absentee ballots more than a week before the election, which local Republicans are calling a violation of state law and a threat to the fairness of the process.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices: (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to breaking@news-gazette.com.

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IYB sneak peek: Scorched stadium turf up for sale


Have a business tip? Email Don Dodson at ddodson@news-gazette.com

Mahomet-Seymour moves graduation to Krannert

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour's graduation ceremony is changing venues this school year.

Anyone who's been to commencement in the past few years knows it can be an ordeal, Principal Shannon Cheek said, citing frequent complaints about poor sound quality, cramped seating and — above all — the oppressive heat.

"This has been a topic of conversation for many years," he said.

Google's 'Security Princess' a hacker's nightmare

Forget all your stereotypes about computer engineers.

First, Parisa Tabriz is a woman. Not that she makes a big deal about it, but that's still a rarity in the upper echelons of the computer hacking world (the legal kind).

College honors NASA researcher and UI grad Greenleaf

CHAMPAIGN — It was the mid-1960s, America was enthralled with the space program and NASA researcher John Greenleaf knew men weren't the only ones who would want to be astronauts.

Centennial teacher stays flexible, innovative

CHAMPAIGN — She may be up for a classroom teacher award from the state board of education, but A.J. Griffith doesn't even have her own teaching space at Centennial High School.

Not that it's a problem, the special education teacher says. Flexibility and patience are the name of her game.