Burglaries reported in Bondville

BONDVILLE – Champaign County sheriff's deputies are investigating burglaries at a storage facility in Bondville.

Sgt. Dan Coile said after midnight Saturday, someone broke into an undetermined number of units at Bright Ideas Storage, 4400 W. Springfield Ave. One renter reported a Fender bass guitar and amplifier, an electric tuner and a jewelry box, worth a total of $4,250, stolen. A second renter reported snow ski equipment was stolen.

Equipment failure leaves some Champaign residents without power

CHAMPAIGN – Power was restored to about 400 households before 9 p.m. Tuesday after about a five-hour outage.

An equipment failure left the residents without electricity since about 3:30 Tuesday, said Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris. The outages were near Campbell Drive, he said, which is north of Interstate 74 and just east of Mattis Avenue. That's located in the 61821 ZIP code, where more than 15,000 households have Ameren power.

Contract talks delay work at Rantoul Township High

RANTOUL – Correction of ventilation problems at Rantoul Township High School has been delayed further as the district's attorneys haggle over the contract with the engineering company.

Superintendent David Requa told school board members Monday that the contract and bid specifications should be ready for their approval next month.

Lawmakers pledge to pursue impeachment if governor doesn't resign

Area legislators today promised to pursue impeachment against Rod Blagojevich if he refuses to step down.

The Illinois House should start impeachment proceedings when it meets in special session Monday if the governor won't resign, and "knowing him, I'm not sure he will," said state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana.

Champaign extends funding for Garden Hills youth program

CHAMPAIGN – A program to help Garden Hills youths will continue for a second year.

City council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to direct city staff to continue the Garden Hills youth pilot program through at least June 30, 2010. The program provides both academic support and recreational opportunities for children from kindergarten age through high school.

Danville YMCA holding registration for youth, adult classes

DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for both youth and adult program classes.

Classes for the winter session begin Jan. 5, 2009, and are seven weeks long.

Unity East students collect pennies for school-building program

PHILO – Unity East Elementary School students are doing their part to fund school construction in war-torn areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Through the Pennies for Peace program, students are collecting coins to help educate children who have nowhere to learn.

Building in downtown Homer will be leveled

HOMER – The fate of a dilapidated 19th century building downtown is finally sealed, after a decade of efforts by community members and village officials to either save or demolish the structure.

The village gained title to the Homer Beach property at 110 S. Main St. on Dec. 2, Mayor David Lucas said. Fenter Machinery of Sidney plans to start demolition in early January, Clerk Sharon Jeffers said.

A life remembered: PBL sophomore set example of courage

PAXTON – As a student at Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School, Ryan Coe lost his shoe during a cross-country race – yet kept on running.

After all, he had a race to finish.

Area residents sound off on Blagojevich arrest

Comments on the arrest Tuesday of Gov. Rod Blagojevich on federal corruption charges from a range of residents of East Central Illinois.