Paxton restaurant's event to benefit 10-month-old with cancer

PAXTON – Organizers are calling Aug. 12-16 "Willamina's Week" in Paxton.

Willamina Clayton is the 10-month-old daughter of Will and Katie Clayton. She has been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and is currently undergoing treatment at Riley's in Indianapolis.

Kirby Avenue eastbound lane to close for work in campus area

CHAMPAIGN – One eastbound lane of Kirby Avenue will be closed next week in the south part of the University of Illinois campus.

One eastbound lane west of the intersection of Kirby and First Street will be closed for manhole work at the intersection.

Counted Cross-stitch artists to show their work Sunday

WESTVILLE – Arlene Olmstead of Danville and Sharon Latoz of Georgetown had to share honors at last year's Vermilion County Conservation District Counted Cross-Stitch Show.

Visitors for the 17th annual show will get to see why, in a display of former best-of-show winners as well as new entries from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the air-conditioned Gannett Outdoor Learning Center in Forest Glen Preserve, seven miles east of Westville.

New Carle clinic facility to host open house on Thursday

CHARLESTON – The Carle Foundation will hold an open house at its new facility at 5731 Park Drive, Charleston, in the Coles Business Park, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

There will be refreshments, door prizes and self-guided tours.

Owens Funeral Home to buy YMCA's Church Street site

CHAMPAIGN – Owens Funeral Home plans to move to the McKinley YMCA property on West Church Street after the Champaign County YMCA relocates to southwest Champaign, according to the family that owns the funeral home.

Julia Yost Hersom, great-granddaughter of the funeral home's founders, said Friday the family has agreed to purchase the property from the YMCA. But she said it hasn't determined yet whether both buildings on the McKinley property will need to be torn down to make way for the new funeral home.

Road work begins Monday on streets in southeast Urbana

URBANA – Work is scheduled to begin Monday on several streets in southeast Urbana.

The work involves milling and resurfacing, patching, curb and gutter replacement, sidewalk work and pavement marking.

Champaign school board to be updated on sales-tax proposal

CHAMPAIGN – If county voters approve the creation of 1 percent sales tax in November to be used for school building needs, the Champaign school district said it will use its share of the money to lower property taxes.

But the question school board President Dave Tomlinson gets all too often is, how do we know you're going to do that?

Champaign County Head Start has openings for fall sessions

URBANA – Champaign County's Head Start is looking for new pupils.

Head Start's Child and Family Services Manager Kari May and staff are going door-to-door to educate families about the Head Start session that starts Sept. 2.

Champaign man arraigned on eight counts of murder

URBANA – Prosecutors say the fatal shooting of one man and wounding of another stemmed from a drug investigation gone bad.

Champaign County courts

URBANA – The following criminal cases were resolved this week in Champaign County Circuit Court:

– Charles McKinney, 35 of the 900 block of West Beardsley Avenue, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He admitted that on April 25 he took money from a Yellow Checker cab driver while on State Street in Champaign. After McKinney got out of the cab, the driver called police and followed him until police picked him up.