Rantoul student going high-tech in senior year

RANTOUL – Brenna Ervin is pumped about the coming school year.

The senior at Rantoul Township High School plans to take part in High Tech Edge, a program that immerses area students in a yearlong high-tech project.

Accused robbers told police they were ready to start shooting

URBANA – One of two Danville men accused of robbing a Champaign bank told police they were lucky there was not a shootout as they were arrested Saturday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David Bernthal found probable cause to proceed with federal charges of armed bank robbery against Larry D. Wilson, 43, who listed an address on Griffin Street, and Ezra C. Martin, 52, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Hazel Street, both in Danville.

Nightclub's liquor license hearing delayed

DANVILLE – A hearing to determine if Digital City should keep its liquor license has been postponed until Aug. 17.

City Attorney David Wesner said a hearing scheduled for Friday was pushed back a week to accommodate police officers who will testify at the hearing.

Two injured in county road rollover

GIFFORD – A Gifford woman and her passenger were injured when the car they were in Sunday afternoon rolled over in northern Champaign County.

Champaign County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said Georgina R. Bennett, 34, was driving west on County Road 3500 N at County Road 2200 E, 5 miles north of Gifford, when her small car left the road.

UI may get world's fastest computer

University of Illinois officials this morning said they still have no official word on news that a $200 million supercomputer – to be the world's fastest, at least at the start – will be built at the UI-based National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

The New York Times reported this morning that the system would be built at the UI, citing documents that were accidentally placed on a federal government Web site for a short time last week.

Man arrested after hospital theft

URBANA – A 21-year-old Urbana was arrested by city police early Sunday morning after he allegedly stole several items from Carle Foundation Hospital's emergency room and then was found by police to be armed with "several illegal weapons," according to a police report.

Listed as stolen, according to the police report, were suction tubing and a handle, antiseptic and electrocardiogram pads.

Protest planned on property assessments

CHAMPAIGN – A local real estate broker says she and others are planning to protest local property assessments before Tuesday night's meeting of the City of Champaign Township board.

Debby Auble, president of Ward & Associates, 8 Main St., said that she and other concerned residents are planning to gather in front of the old Lock, Stock & Bagel storefront on North Neil Street, near the Champaign City Building, between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.

Safety is aim of Arthur road project

ARTHUR – On Springfield Road, semitrailers regularly zoom past black, horse-drawn Amish buggies, a collision of two vastly different worlds.

But road conditions will become safer for drivers of both motor vehicles and those who drive bicycles, buggies, pony carts and even farm machinery on the major east-west thoroughfare 2 miles south of Arthur. Douglas County will completely revamp the oil-and-chip road – maybe in the next year – and add buggy lanes on both sides.

Work to close portions of two Urbana streets this week

URBANA – Milling and resurfacing work will result in the temporary closures of portions of Windsor Road and Anderson Street.

Windsor Road will be milled, where a surface layer of asphalt is removed, on Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly Thursday between Race Street and the city's west city limits.

Auto-detailing permit could get 2nd chance

DANVILLE – The city council may reconsider a zoning petition members voted down last month.

With two members absent, the city council failed to pass a petition by Anthony and Nicole Dye to operate an automotive detailing business, located at 104 Porter St. The vote at the July 17 meeting was 6-6.