2007-08 DACC budget has few changes from last year's

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College would be able to add another full-time faculty member under a proposed 2008 budget of about $27.57 million.

But other than that, officials said, there aren't going to be a lot of changes from last year's budget, mainly because of the uncertainty of state funding.

Special session set for Danville public works design decision

DANVILLE – The city council's public works committee will have a special meeting Tuesday to consider a resolution for design services at its newest facility.

The item was to be considered last week, but changes to the designs were still under way, Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said last week.

Astronaut Tanner to appear at Day of Caring

DANVILLE – Danville native son and NASAastronaut Joe Tanner will be on hand Saturday as the United Way of Danville Area hosts its first Day of Caring.

"The Day of Caring is a national United Way program," said Jeanne Mulvaney, president of the local organization. "It's something you can take and design it to fit the needs of your specific community."

Lock and dam system getting attention

PEORIA – Rick Granados describes the river he tends as a "one-lane highway," carrying Illinois resources to the world.

Granados, a navigation manager for the Army Corps of Engineers based at Rock Island, said his corps office is in charge of maintenance of locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to make barge traffic possible, an infrastructure he said is in need of attention.

Serv-U equipment company moves to new building

CHAMPAIGN – When Wayne Hemming and Mike Ciolli moved to the Champaign-Urbana area to take jobs at Hobbico, they brought along shared knowledge of a different business: the restaurant supply industry.

Both men had worked for Superior Products in St. Paul, Minn., one of the largest restaurant supply companies in the nation.

It's your business: Bigger Walgreens coming to Philo Road

Walgreens is poised to add to its collection of new drugstores in Champaign-Urbana.

Construction should start any day now on the newest store, which will replace the 14-year-old Walgreens at 1809 S. Philo Road, U, with one of the chain's free-standing corner buildings with a drive-through prescription window.

Renaissance Danville director locked out of office

DANVILLE – Renaissance Danville Executive Director Bob Yapp was locked out of his office in downtown Danville on Friday, hours after a Renaissance board meeting to discuss his contract ended with the Danville police involved.

Phearn Butler, president of the Downtown Danville Inc. board, said the locks at DDI's building at 149 N. Vermilion St. in Danville were changed Friday due to irreconcilable differences between DDI employees and Yapp. Butler would not comment on the nature of the differences.

Farm Progress Show adds another day

RANTOUL – A show started in Vermilion County in 2003 to celebrate the Farm Progress Show's half century has taken on a life of its own.

Mahomet gives green light to new shopping center

MAHOMET – Construction of Mahomet's newest shopping center will be starting soon, now that the Mahomet Village Board has approved a special-use permit for it.

The village board approved the permit for a new shopping center at 1504 E. Patton Drive at a special board meeting this week, and developer Larry Bielfeldt said crews will get started as soon as they secure building permits.

Special services set for fallen soldier

MAHOMET – A candlelight service Sunday will mark the passing of a soldier.

Spc. Justin Penrod, 24, who lived in Danville and Mahomet, died Aug. 11 in Arab Jabour, Iraq, when he and a group of soldiers were chasing a sniper and a bomb went off. Three other soldiers died with him.