Public meetings planned on Vermilion County brownfields

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Health Department will hold two public meetings on the Vermilion County brownfields assessment project this month and additional meetings may follow in July.

Home sales up, but lag compared with 2010

CHAMPAIGN — Home sales picked up in May, but continued to run behind year-ago sales, figures from the Champaign County Association of Realtors show.

The number of sales in May was up nearly 33 percent from April, but down about 11 percent from May 2010, according to figures from the association's Multiple Listing Service.

Former Champaign officer starts jail sentence for DUI

URBANA — A former Champaign police detective began serving time Monday morning at the Champaign County jail for driving while drunk.

Lisa Staples, 41, pleaded guilty on May 17 to misdemeanor DUI for driving while drunk on Dec. 19. About 9:30 p.m. that day, she hit a sport utilty vehicle, driven by a Mahomet teen, from behind on County Road 1600N near Bondville.

Others offer meals in Danville

The following groups also will provide free, nutritious meals to youth this summer:

Boys and Girls Club of Danville

The agency will provide lunch to anyone 18 or younger at the Mervis Unit, 850 N. Griffin St., Danville. The program began Friday and runs through Aug. 17.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

Company, agencies provide breakfast for children

DANVILLE — For a number of years, Quaker Oats in Danville has quietly donated granola bars to area churches for their summer sack-lunch programs for youth.

This summer, it's partnering with several local entities to launch its own meal program.

3 of 6 Fisher trustees advised not to vote on TIF matters

FISHER — Because of worries about conflict of interest only three Fisher trustees can discuss and vote on matters that concern its two tax increment financing districts. Fisher's TIF attorney Tom Jacobs reviewed the law for the board as four of the six trustees are new to the board.

New tax could be closer to final OK after Champaign study session

CHAMPAIGN — The proposed 4 percent package liquor tax will face another trial when the city council meets this week.

Vermilion County Board considers Teamsters, IBEW agreements

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Board will have two new union agreements to consider at Tuesday's meeting.

Pet Of The Week: Friendly

Friendly is a 13-year-old domestic shorthair spayed female. She is an inside cat who likes people, cats and dogs.She was at the Champaign County Humane Society on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

Couple sees positives from home purchase

URBANA — Whitney and Aadeel Akhtar said they didn't worry much about the possibility of declining home values when they bought a home in Urbana's Savannah Green subdivision last month.