Former UI football player faces trial on sex assaults

URBANA — A Florida man charged with three rapes that happened in Champaign County in the 1990s is in the Champaign County Jail now awaiting trial after having spent the last three years in a Florida jail.

Life Remembered: Project Gutenberg founder Michael Hart 'did it his way'

URBANA — Friends and family of Michael Hart remember him not only as an early producer and proponent of e-books, but also as an inveterate garage-saler who embraced many interests and often proved good at them.

Garden of the Week: Krannert Art Museum

Volunteers from the Krannert Art Museum have taken over the maintenance of the gardens.

Hogan thanks Easter for service as interim chancellor

URBANA — President Michael Hogan thanked interim Chancellor Robert Easter for “distinguished service” at Easter’s last Board of Trustees meeting.

The University of trustees also welcome a new athletic director, Mike Thomas.

The trustees are expected to approve the new vice president and chancellor, Phyllis Wise.

U.S. urges vigilance as 9/11 anniversary nears


“As we head into the 9/11 anniversary weekend, we continue to urge the American public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities. Simply put, if you see something, say something. 

Champaign man charged with drug offense

URBANA — A Champaign man has been charged with having cocaine intended for sale.

Brionte Howard, 21, who listed an address in the 200 block of West Columbia Avenue, was arrested Thursday night at his home after Champaign County sheriff's investigators found more than 3 ounces of purported crack cocaine in his apartment.

Man shot, robbed at Urbana motel

UPDATED 11:35 a.m. Friday

URBANA  — Champaign County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who robbed and shot a person at a north Urbana motel Friday morning.

Deputies were called to the Motel 6, 1906 N. Cunningham Ave., about 10:24 a.m.

Champaign Borders' final day set

CHAMPAIGN — The Borders store in Champaign will close its doors forever on Tuesday.

The books and music store, 802 W. Town Center Blvd., has been holding a liquidation sale since the company announced in July it was closing its stores around the country.

Restaurateur offers lessons learned

CHAMPAIGN — The co-owner of Effingham's Firefly Grill says she had to learn to say no in order to serve customers better.

Kristie Samuel Campbell said the fine-dining restaurant, which opened in 2006, initially offered its patrons two side dishes with every entree.

Danville considers new property tax for public safety

DANVILLE — The public safety revenue committee plans to discuss the possibility of a new, separate property tax levy that would generate dollars for the police and fire departments in the city.