Grants to expand dental services for low-income families

CHAMPAIGN – Plans to expand dental services for local low-income families are moving ahead with the help of grant money from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.

Two Champaign County programs, SmileHealthy and Frances Nelson Health Center, will receive two of the 12 grants being awarded this year.

Drug conviction brings 20-year prison sentence

URBANA – An Urbana man convicted of having Ecstasy for sale has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In July, a jury convicted Daniel B. Montgomery, 33, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of East Colorado Avenue, of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for having 80 pills of Ecstasy on him last spring.

GCMS property tax levy headed up

GIBSON CITY – Based on a preliminary levy request, GCMS taxpayers could see a 7 percent increase in next year's property taxes.

Four seeking two District 7 seats on Vermilion County Board

DANVILLE - Two Republicans are challenging two Democrats for their seats on the Vermilion County board in District 7 for election on November 2.

Democrats Scott Kair and Michael Dodge, both of Danville, are being challenged by Republicans Craig A. Golden and Stephen W. Green, also both of Danville.

Vermilion County Board District 7 candidates

Vermilion County Board race - District 7

Michael Dodge

Age: 55

Party: Democrat

Residence: Danville

Political experience: Appointed to Vermilion County board in 2007; elected to county board in November 2008 to fill remainder of term. Also has spent six years as a precinct committeeman.

Operation Hope orientation scheduled

CHAMPAIGN – More students are participating in the Champaign school district's Operation Hope program, and their parents will be able to learn about the program at an orientation Thursday (Oct. 21) evening.

The program is hosting a family orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the library lecture hall at Central High School, 610 W. University Ave., C.

Fisher school district prepares to issue bonds for expansion, renovation

FISHER – The Fisher school board Monday night held a public hearing on its intent to sell $6.75 million in general obligation bonds. They will be paid for through the county's 1 percent sales tax for capital projects. The bonds will be issued next month or in December.

Rantoul school district hopes grant lowers renovation costs

RANTOUL – Rantoul city schools board hopes to save renovation costs after spending $14.4 million to upgrade the district's five schools during the summer.

Superintendent Bill Trankina said the district should receive grant money before the end of the month, bringing the district's actual renovation costs to $14.1 million.

Drainage project hits Tolono budget

TOLONO – Tolono was staring at a $167,000 deficit when it began its budget process for the upcoming fiscal year. After taking several steps to shave that figure, officials still are left in a $56,000 hole.

The gap widened during Tuesday night's meeting because of a storm water drainage project.

Villa Grove High School misses state testing standards

VILLA GROVE – Villa Grove High School did not meet state testing standards this year

The Illinois school report card for the Villa Grove district will be placed on the district's website for the public to review.