Danville teachers ratify contract

DANVILLE — Danville schools reopened Thursday, as the Danville Education Association and school district reached a tentative agreement around 1 a.m., ending a strike by teachers and support staff that lasted three days.

Peoria Fox station exec named general manager

CHAMPAIGN – Nexstar Broadcasting Group has announced its new general manager of the local CBS affiliate, WCIA-TV.

Coby Cooper of Peoria was named the vice president and general manager of WCIA and the My Network TV affiliate, WCFN-TV, and, which serve the Champaign, Springfield and Decatur markets.

Quiet on the set: State Farm ad on texting filmed in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – It takes a whole Wednesday to create 30 seconds.

Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance was using the day to film a public service announcement about texting and driving, with powerful lights just south of the Cowboy Monkey bar, 6 Taylor St., C.

The production will be available to schools and online.

River cleanup slated for Ellsworth Park

DANVILLE – The Danville Parks and Recreation Division, Pride Grows and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are sponsoring a river cleanup from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ellsworth Park, off East Main Street.

Gas tax to go on spring ballot in Westville

WESTVILLE – Mayor Jeff Ellis said Tuesday the public will vote this spring on a proposal to add a 5-cent tax on each gallon of gasoline sold in the village.

Holdup suspect faces new charges

URBANA – An Urbana man on probation for burglary and being held in the county jail on robbery charges has been charged with yet another crime.

No injuries in fuel spill at Carle helipad

URBANA – Urbana fire officials report nobody was hurt after several gallons of fuel spilled from an AirLife helicopter atop of and next to Carle Foundation Hospital.

Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley said the helicopter left Frasca Field to fly to Carle without putting the fuel lid on about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Current Piatt clerk's residency called into question


MONTICELLO – A candidate for Piatt County clerk and recorder charged Tuesday that the current clerk does not live in the county and should not be in office.

N-G computer attacked

On Tuesday evening, a News-Gazette computer responsible for delivering advertising content was compromised from outside, an attack that appears to have originated in the Netherlands.

John Reed, information technology director, said the attack may have prompted users to download malware.

As of Wednesday morning, the issue has been resolved, he said.

Police seek help finding UI professor

LONGVIEW – University of Illinois police are asking for help locating a professor who's been missing for a week.

Lt. Roy Acree said Frederick Schwink, 48, of rural Longview, was last seen shopping at the Meijer store on Philo Road in Urbana about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9. His family last saw him on Wednesday, Sept. 8.