Johnson joins Jackson for Obama speech

From a news release from the office of U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson released the following statement this afternoon:

Man sentenced to probation for hitting infant son

URBANA — A man who admitted striking his infant son hard enough to break the child's ribs has been sentenced to probation.

Brandon Cole, 24, who listed addresses in both Champaign and Urbana, pleaded guilty in August to aggravated battery to a child for injuries that occurred in November 2010 to his 4-month-old son.

Champaign man sent to prison for burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man with a history of shoplifting was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for his latest convictions.

Kenneth Ferdinand, 54, whose last known address was in the 600 block of West Bradley Avenue, pleaded guilty in July to two counts of burglary.

GOW: Murray

John Murray, Champaign, has the Garden of the Week for August 20, 2011.

Water valve repairs planned for Sunday in Champaign

UPDATED 2:10 p.m. Thursday

CHAMPAIGN - A boil order issued Wednesday for some houses in the vicinity of Prospect Avenue and Church Street has been lifted.

But a broken water valve stem that is causing bubbling water at the corner of Church and Prospect will probably be repaired on Sunday.

Sudden temperature change may have killed fish in Urbana

URBANA — It turns out there's a fishing hole in southeast Urbana, where good-sized bluegill, catfish and bass swim in abundance.

That was very much on display Wednesday after hundreds of the fish washed up on the pond's shores; the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency suspects the die-off was a natural event.

Police, fire candidates from outside Danville use transfer list

DANVILLE — Five police officers and one firefighter from outside Danville have submitted applications for the city's new lateral transfer list that allows hiring veteran officers and firefighters from other departments statewide rather than relying solely on the city's probationary lists when filling vacancies.

Study shows arsenic limited in Tolono area

TOLONO — For six months, Melinda Reich and her family drank and cooked only with bottled water after a high level of arsenic was found in their well water.

Now, what's coming out of the faucets at the Reich home just south of Tolono is being provided by Illinois-American Water service.

Park board considers naming rights at Crystal Lake

URBANA — Hoping to enhance their Crystal Lake Park aquatic center project, Urbana parks officials are looking into encouraging private donations with everything from donor plaques to naming rights on individual pools.

Park board members reviewed the idea at a study session Tuesday, according to park board President Michael Walker.

Group passes $11,000 in drive to help Paxton pool

PAXTON — A Paxton group has raised more than $11,000 toward renovating the currently closed Paxton Park District pool at Coady Park.

The Save Our Pool committee, which formed in August, has received contributions from the community, the surrounding area and farther away, committee treasurer Gary Popel said.