C-U schools chiefs made early closing call over safety

The worst of the weather wasn't scheduled to start until Tuesday afternoon, but Champaign and Urbana school officials joined most other area districts in making the call Monday evening to close on Tuesday.

The image of bus accidents or students being hit by cars sliding on icy streets weighed on the minds of administrators, said Champaign Superintendent Arthur Culver.

Consultant considered to examine Rossville-Alvin reactivation

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville-Alvin school board may hire a consultant to help study the possibility of re-opening the district's deactivated high school and help get information out to voters before the April referendum.

Rural districts check with each other, check roads before deciding on closure

Rural school districts in East Central Illinois make closure decisions based on travel conditions, forecasts and in some cases what's happening with feeder schools.

And the way they notify parents of the decision is far different from a few years ago.

Two clinics open in Champaign and Urbana Wednesday

If you are really sick and must see a medical professional today, there are two clinics open for convenient care.

Christie Clinic's convenient care at 1801 W. Windsor Road at the corner of Windsor and Mattis in southwest Champaign is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Men charged with robbing Champaign couple

URBANA – Two Champaign men are due back in court next month after being arraigned Monday on charges that they took part in robbing a Champaign couple back in early December.

January 'wasn't the most exciting month'

CHAMPAIGN – January was cold and gray, but not much more than usual, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.

"It wasn't the most exciting month, especially compared with what's going to happen the next day or two," Jim Angel, the state climatologist, said Tuesday.

Unity student pleads to taking nude pictures

URBANA – A Unity High School student who admitted taking pictures of nude women in tanning beds was handed a felony record for his birthday.

Reports to police

Area police report the following:


– 2000 block of Moreland Boulevard: Computer and television taken and two doors damaged in a residential burglary Monday.

– 1100 block of West Bradley Avenue: Van window shot and shattered with a BB gun Saturday.

Voter registrar training to be offered next week

URBANA – Training for deputy voter registrars in Champaign County will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Lyle Shields Meeting Room at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U. The class takes about two hours.

The training class is sponsored by County Clerk Gordy Hulten. Deputy registrars assist the county clerk in registration of voters.

Rantoul man arrested for carjacking

RANTOUL – A Rantoul man accused of stealing a vehicle from a man he knew has been charged with vehicular hijacking.

Javon Brown, 19, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Juniper Drive, was arrested early Saturday morning in Rantoul after a brief chase by police.