Georgetown mayor schedules fireworks

GEORGETOWN – Mayor Darrell Acord said Monday that there would be a fireworks display at dusk on Wednesday at the Georgetown fairgrounds. In case of rain, the display will be held at dusk on Saturday.

In other matters, officials agreed to send three city workers to a three-day conference in mid-September by the Illinois Potable Water Operators Association in Springfield. The topics covered at the conference will include operator certification updates, leak detection and laboratory services.

Danville developer seeks committee's OK

DANVILLE – An ice-cream parlor, a pub, a movie theater and a billiards room could soon sprout up on a piece of land across from Winter Park, but you'll have to live there to use it.

These amenities may be part of a $3 million to $5 million senior retirement community that Primrose Retirement Communities could open in Danville next fall, if the city planning and zoning commission approves a rezoning request for 955 E. Winter Ave. on Thursday.

Danville board to consider Judge's request for assistant

DANVILLE – Last month, the Vermilion County Board rejected a proposal to give the county auditor another employee. Next week, the board will be presented with a similar request from the Vermilion County Courthouse.

The county's finance committee on Monday night approved a request from presiding Circuit Court Judge Claudia Anderson for an administrative assistant at an annual salary of $23,000. The assistant would take the place of an existing part-time position.

Vigil held on anniversary of toddler's death

DANVILLE – When Ray Skidmore heard about the candlelight vigil to mark the 1-year anniversary of Reagan Williams' death, he felt compelled to be there.

Skidmore, a lieutenant with the Tilton Fire Department, responded to the 911 call for help at a Tilton home a year ago, and started CPR on a 2 1/2-year-old, who was unconscious. The child was Reagan.

Budget extended, as is fight between lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday signed legislation to keep state government running through the end of the month. It's still unclear whether that will be enough time to resolve the budget stalemate now in its sixth week of overtime.

"While it was imperative to avert a potential shutdown, passing a one-month budget does not solve our state's problems," Blagojevich stated in a written release, adding that "we now have an opportunity for a fresh start."

Parents get advice on helping kids with schoolwork

CHAMPAIGN – Yvette Brown wants to help her 8-year-old son more with his schoolwork.

Elliot Brown, a third-grade student at Dr. Howard Elementary School, is in a reading program that takes him out of the classroom for a time, and his mother wants to help him keep up and supplement what his teachers are doing.

Fireworks laws, while often ignored, exist for safety reasons

Officials recommend that it's best to leave fireworks to trained professionals who have permits to use them.

Champaign Fire Department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said the sights and sounds of fireworks are mesmerizing.

Rantoul man charged with four crimes

>URBANA – A Rantoul man remained in Champaign County Jail this morning after being arraigned Thursday on charges in four different crimes.

Jeromy Ramm, 31, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of Laurel Drive, was arrested in Florida on warrants issued June 1 for residential burglary, theft and burglary.

St. Joseph man hurt in intersection crash

GIFFORD – A St. Joseph man remained hospitalized in fair condition this morning after a collision at an unmarked rural intersection Sunday afternoon.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said Erik S. Redwood, 56, was driving a sport utility vehicle south on County Road 2400 E when he collided with a pickup truck driven east on County Road 2900 N. The driver of the truck was Katie Heinz, 29, of Penfield.

Champaign police looking into holdups

CHAMPAIGN – Police are investigating two separate robbery incidents reported in Champaign.

A man wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun robbed the Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1417 S. Neil St., about 2:36 a.m. Friday, according to one police report.