Man with handgun flees with adult bookstore with cash

URBANA – Police say a man with a handgun robbed an Urbana adult bookstore Saturday and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A clerk who was threatened by the robber at the Urbana News Bookstore, 602 E. Cunningham Ave., wasn't injured in the incident, according to an Urbana Police press release.

Urbana board to address school improvement plan

URBANA – In addition to hearing from the C-U Schools Foundation, the Urbana school board will discuss a district improvement plan at its Tuesday business meeting.

The improvement plan came about because some populations of students failed to make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

Latino students also migrate to Rantoul, Danville

Like Champaign-Urbana, other area school districts also are seeing an increase in their population of Spanish-speaking students.

Danville saw its Hispanic student population increase from 5.4 percent in 2002 to 6.3 percent in 2006, according to the state school district report cards.

It's your business: Shoe shop reopens at Tuscola outlet mall

The Stride Rite children's shoe shop that closed at Market Place Mall in Champaign has reopened as an outlet store at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tuscola.

The former assistant manager in Champaign, Nicole Meis, is now the Tuscola store's manager.

Workers take apart facade in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Call in the cryptologists.

The front of the Trevett-Mattis Banking Co. building in downtown Champaign is covered with inscriptions. To passers-by, they may seem meaningless.

Police asking for help in solving Busey Bank robbery

Police are asking for help in solving an armed bank robbery in Urbana on Friday.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said a man with a mask and gun robbed the Busey Bank branch facility at Sunnycrest, 1717 S. Philo Road, U. There were 12 to 15 employees and a few customers in the bank at the time, but there were no injuries, he said.

Tuscola prohibits smoking at veterans memorial

TUSCOLA – Douglas County has decided to prohibit smoking at the site of the county's veterans memorial.

Last week, the county's Building and Grounds Committee approved two signs advising visitors not to smoke at the Douglas County Veterans Memorial.

Champaign mother collecting toys for son to give to Iraqi kids

CHAMPAIGN – Army Pfc. Brian Jolley is making friends in Iraq, handing out Beanie Babies to the kids.

The combat engineer has been in Iraq about three months, sleeping in a tent in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. The 21-year-old's camp, Butler Range, is still under construction. His missions include finding and destroying improvised explosive devices.

Sun Singer sculpture removed for restoration

MONTICELLO – So long, Duby.

Nice knowing you, Shorty.

Starting next week, scratches etched on places like the Sun Singer's hips by Duby, Shorty, Dighton, Mark and other folks will be history.

Drug program graduates picked up habits as teens

URBANA – Four women and one man graduating from Champaign County's drug court Monday have a sad fact in common. They started their drug and alcohol use as budding teens.

They now range in age from 26 to 36, have 13 felony, 14 misdemeanor and 33 petty traffic convictions among them and are considered addicts.