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Catlin official: Late state payments hurting district

CATLIN – Superintendent Gary Lewis told Catlin school board members Thursday that late payments from the state may leave school officials with some tough decisions in March.

Lewis said that the financial situation may be so bad that Catlin and other school districts will have to look at cutting staff and programs next year.

Royal man loses control of car, lands in ditch

OGDEN – A Royal man was released from Carle Foundation Hospital on Thursday afternoon after crashing his car into a ditch in eastern Champaign County earlier in the day.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Keith Cunningham said Christopher Huls was not seriously injured but had ice-cold water rushing into his car after running into a ditch off County Road 2100 N about 9:40 a.m.

Blaze damages apartment building in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A Thursday morning fire sent one person to a hospital and caused heavy damage to an apartment building on a busy street in Champaign.

Champaign firefighters were called to 1405 W. Kirby Ave. at 9:18 a.m., according to a release from department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher. When they arrived three minutes later, heavy smoke was visible from the building and residents had gotten out. Firefighters put the fire out within minutes.

Decatur, Springfield join C-U's push for high-speed rail

CHAMPAIGN – Delegations from Decatur and Springfield joined with members of Champaign County First on Thursday to hammer out a strategy for bringing high-speed rail to all three communities.

Specifically, the cities are working with the Midwest High Speed Rail Association to establish 220-mph train service from Chicago to St. Louis by way of Kankakee, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and Springfield.

Two Urbana Middle School students arrested

URBANA – Two Urbana Middle School students were arrested this week after police learned that one punched a fellow student in a classroom while another videotaped the incident using his cell phone.

The videotape ended up on YouTube briefly, according to Urbana juvenile police Officer Tim McNaught.

Board rejects county clerk's request to forgo raise

URBANA – A Champaign County Board committee on Thursday rejected County Clerk Mark Shelden's request to cut his salary to last year's level.

Shelden had said he didn't want a pay raise in a year when almost all other nonunion county employees are experiencing a pay freeze. Under an ordinance approved in 2006, Shelden's salary is scheduled to go from $80,458.56 last year to $83,274.62 for the fiscal year that began Dec. 1.

Police looking for two suspects in Landmark robbery

DANVILLE – Police are searching for two suspects in the armed robbery of Landmark Credit Union on Thursday afternoon.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said police responded to a holdup alarm at the banking facility at 506 W. Fairchild St. about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Two rob Danville credit union

DANVILLE — Police are searching for two men in the armed robbery of the Landmark Credit Union Thursday afternoon.

Car crashes into ditch; driver released from hospital

OGDEN — A Royal man was released from Carle Hospital Thursday afternoon after crashing his car into a ditch in eastern Champaign County earlier in the day.

School incidents posted to YouTube

URBANA — Two Urbana middle school students were arrested this week after police learned that one punched a fellow student in a classroom while another videotaped the incident using his cell phone.

The videotape ended up on YouTube briefly, the second time that's happened with a local school incident.