Student remains in 103rd District running

URBANA – University of Illinois student Frank Calabrese will stay on the ballot against incumbent state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson for the 103rd District seat.

The Champaign County Board of Elections ruled unanimously Friday that Calabrese's elections paperwork was substantially in compliance with state law.

Shorthanded Urbana Park District gets help from students

CHAMPAIGN – This spring, students from Champaign's Central High School created a spreadsheet for the Urbana Park District to help it analyze its customers for pool passes.

It was one of four projects by students in David Fones' word processing class.

Champaign police set dates for youth program

CHAMPAIGN – Learning about law enforcement can help youths improve their life skills, according to local police.

A summer program for youths ages 12 to 14 in the Champaign County area will again be offered by the Champaign Police Community Outreach Unit. The deadline for applications is June 9.

Students with, without disabilities team up on area projects

CHAMPAIGN – Students in a Central High School word processing class have been learning more than just computer skills in the last month or so.

Students with disabilities worked on teams with those without. They improved their social skills along with their typing skills. And they did work for four local organizations.

Teen admits role in I-74 incident

URBANA – A 17-year-old Mahomet youth pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of criminal damage to property and admitted a role in incidents on Interstate 74 involving youths dropping bags or balloons on passing vehicles.

The teen, who was 16 at the time of the crimes March 29 and March 30, stipulated to a juvenile delinquency petition charging him with the criminal damage to property, which was amended Thursday to include language that makes him accountable for action of others in the crimes.

Stormy start for Tuscola at state

JOLIET – The Tuscola pitchers couldn't cool the Marissa bats, but maybe the rain can at the Class 1A state baseball finals.

The Meteors jumped to a 6-1 lead after three innings this morning before IHSA officials ordered the tarp on the diamond at Silver Cross Field with severe thunderstorms expected to hit the Joliet area.

Study: Douglas County Jail has space problems

TUSCOLA – A consulting firm's study of the Douglas County Jail points to the same conclusion that Douglas County Sheriff Charlie McGrew already knew: It's just not big enough.

The report, completed by Kimme and Associates of Champaign, urges the county to go back to keeping 18 inmates at the facility. It has bunk beds for 36 inmates, and has had a population of many more.

Ex-Champaign man will face resentencing

URBANA – A former Champaign man faces resentencing in a federal drug case after changing his story in a Champaign County murder case.

U.S. Central District Chief Judge Michael McCuskey on Thursday voided a plea agreement and ordered a resentencing hearing for 29-year-old Shance Dalton.

Two Villa Grove residents injured in accident

VILLA GROVE – Two Villa Grove residents were injured in rural Champaign County on Thursday when one motorist stopped to pick up a hitchhiker.

According to an Illinois State Police report, Timothy Odom, 39, who listed an address in Villa Grove, was driving north on Illinois 130 about two miles north of the Champaign County line when he saw a hitchhiker at 7:35 a.m. Odom slowed down to pick up the hitchhiker.

Former Catlin officer honored for many roles in his community

CATLIN – Fred Reddy will have just finished his first month of retirement, after nearly 35 years with the Catlin police department, when he will receive the Lions Club Citizen of the Year award next week.

The award doesn't specifically recognize his dedicated employment, although that certainly plays a part in his dedication to other activities within his community.