At Unity and SJ-O, life-saving measures start to click

TOLONO – Last November on her way to school, Unity High senior Melanie Newberry drove off the side of the road and into the gravel. She overcompensated, swerved and hit a ditch, flipping her car.

The car remained on its top, its windows smashed. Her book bag, which had been beside her on the passenger's seat, landed 15 feet from the car.

It's your business: Deli to go for slice of market at Pie-Full site

After two decades of baking pies and serving them at her cozy Champaign restaurant, Pie-Full Delight, Phyllis Burgess has hung up her apron and leased the building at 40 E. Springfield Ave. to a Paxton couple who plan to open a deli there.

The building is being remodeled, and the new restaurant, to be called Murphy's Deli, is set to open in early August.

Police charge boyfriend with battering infant

CLINTON – Police have arrested a 21-year-old Clinton man who is charged with battering a baby.

On Friday, Clinton and Illinois State Police arrested Richard Heuermann, who is charged with five counts of aggravated battery. The charges are related to injuries June 1 to a 10-month-old girl who was brought to John Warner Hospital about 9 p.m. that day with severe injuries.

Study puts C-U in top 10 as site for data center

CHAMPAIGN – A study by an independent site-selection firm ranks Champaign-Urbana as one of the 10 best locations for financial services firms to put a secure data center.

The report by The Boyd Company of Princeton, N.J., looked at 35 U.S. cities and compared them in terms of information assurance and operating costs.

Parkland College's Land Lab: A plot to learn

CHAMPAIGN – It takes a community to raise corn and soybeans at the Parkland College Land Lab.

Larry Thurow, his Parkland students and a long list of industry suppliers help Thurow plant crops on 30 acres on the college's southwest side and 12 acres on the northwest side.

Homer man receives thrill while installing Petty's water garden

About a month ago, Chris Sturdyvin of rural Homer received a fax.

It came from the home office of the nationally-known water garden company Sturdyvin became affiliated with a dozen years ago.

Overtime session moving slowly at best

SPRINGFIELD – The first week of overtime session featured a lot of posturing, but no progress toward a budget deal.

Three consecutive days of meetings among the governor and the four legislative leaders failed to produce an agreement in any critical areas, such as health care, education funding, gambling, pensions, infrastructure or taxes. There's also no agreement on electricity rate relief, an issue many say must be resolved before any budget can be approved.

Danville radio personality knows how to have a ball on the air

Gary Belt has a voice for radio – deep, gravelly, lively.

"I've been told that," says the Danville man, who spends his weekday mornings doing a "drive-time" radio show from 6 to 10 a.m. on his not-for-profit, low-power radio station, WLBM-FM the Maxx.

FutureGen sites get a last chance to make case

TUSCOLA – Tuscola residents will have one final chance to give their views on bringing a $1 billion clean-coal power plant to town. The FutureGen Alliance and the U.S. Department of Energy will hold a public hearing on June 28 at the Tuscola Community Building, 122 W. North Central Ave.

The evening will begin with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., when residents can meet one-on-one with FutureGen and Department of Energy representatives to share their views.

Men sentenced for possession of child porn

URBANA – A Monticello man was sentenced Thursday to federal prison for having child pornography on his computer.

U.S. Central District of Illinois Chief Judge Michael McCuskey sentenced Ronald McArtor to four years and nine months in prison and mandatory lifetime supervised release, formerly known as parole, after his prison term. McArtor is also required to register as a sex offender.