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Home-preservation group seeks Urbana council's support

URBANA – West Urbana doesn't jump out immediately as a neighborhood in need of improvement.

Full of large, century-old homes, it was voted one of the 10 "great places in America" in the neighborhoods category last year by the American Planning Association.

But Dan Folk, Carolyn Baxley and some other residents think more can be done in west Urbana; namely, fixing up some of the older homes that have been converted into student rental apartments and converting them back into owner-occupied homes.

They've formed a nonprofit community development corporation, the Urbana Development Group, whose mission is to carry out that goal. And it appears likely the Urbana City Council will vote in coming weeks to provide the group with financial backing.

Paxton resident hears, answers call for wild animals

PAXTON – Ken Walker lives in a two-story house on Paxton's east side and keeps two cats and a dog as pets.

But his online business offers a pair of white rhinos or tiger cubs, and about 30 kinds of other unusual animals.

Walker is an exotic animal broker, a middleman between the people who want to sell exotic animals and those who want to buy them. Almost none of the animals come through Paxton.

Area business wins new car in planetarium raffle benefit

CHAMPAIGN – Central Illinois Manufacturing in Bement won a 2009 Saturn Sky on Friday night as part of a raffle by the Parkland College Foundation.

The event raised $45,900 to help pay for a new digital video system at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium.

Woman killed in Saturday accident on Willow View Road

URBANA – A 23-year-old Urbana woman died Saturday morning after an accident on Willow View Road.

April Rahming was pronounced dead at 3:41 a.m. Saturday after an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, according to a release by Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Joint meeting called to discuss Savoy proposal

SAVOY – The Champaign school board will hold a joint meeting with the Savoy village board Monday night to talk about the plans for building a new elementary school in Savoy.

The boards will meet at 7 p.m. at the Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive, Savoy.

Joint meeting called to discuss Savoy school proposal

SAVOY – The Champaign school board will hold a joint meeting with the Savoy village board Monday night to talk about the plans for building a new elementary school in Savoy.

The boards will meet at 7 p.m. at the Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive, Savoy.

Champaign County Circuit Court

URBANA – Two men were sentenced Friday for unrelated drug and theft crimes.

Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced James J. Driver, 19, whose last known address was in the 1400 block of Summit Ridge, Champaign, to four years in prison with credit for 67 days already served.

Centennial High School teacher receives state award

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial High School students will perform "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" this evening, but the message after the performance will be, "You're a good teacher, Suzanne Aldridge."

Lions to sponsor forum for candidates

TILTON – Vermilion County voters on Monday will have a chance to learn more about the local candidates in the Nov. 4 election at a "Meet the Candidates" forum sponsored by the Tilton Lions Club.

The forum is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Tilton Civic Center (the old United Auto Workers hall), 1009 Tilton Road, just west of the Tilton Village Hall. It's free and open to the public.

Rantoul man faces charges of sex abuse

URBANA – A Rantoul man is accused of sex abuse of a teenage girl in Rantoul.

Jason Tatar, 30, who listed an address in the 600 block of East Sangamon Drive, Rantoul, was arraigned Friday on two counts of Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse.