Mahomet-Seymour continues plans to buy land for new building

The Mahomet-Seymour school district will continue with its plans to buy about 76 acres of land in the southeast portion of the Conway Farms subdivision, after the village board voted 5-1 to approve an amended preliminary plat on Nov. 9.

Thomasboro may seek grant to replace boiler, make other improvements

THOMASBORO – Thomasboro Grade School board hopes to replace its aging boiler and make other improvements with funds from a state energy grant.

Superintendent Michelle Ramage said she met recently with the district's architect, Dan Wakefield of BLDD Architects, Champaign, to discuss how to apply for the grant.

Used motor oil to be collected at Carmack by Keep Vermilion County Beautiful

DANVILLE – Keep Vermilion County Beautiful will hold a used motor oil collection for the 2010 America Recycles Day.

The collection takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Carmack Car Capitol, 37224 N. Vermilion St.

"Cleaner communities attract business," said Jason Toellner, KVCB president.

Power outage reported in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — More than 420 electric customers in Champaign are without power.

According to Ameren Illinois, 344 customers in the 61822 ZIP code and 82 customers in the 61821 ZIP code did not have electricity at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Urbana man sentenced to probation in sex abuse case

URBANA – An Urbana man who admitted he sexually molested a teen-age girl in his care during 2004 was sentenced Wednesday to four years of probation.

Champaign County wants clarification on Provena tax money

URBANA – Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch is asking a Champaign County judge to end the doubt that continues to swirl around millions of dollars in property tax payments made by Provena Covenant Medical Center to local governments.

UI engineering prof on presidential list to be honored

URBANA – A University of Illinois professor will be visiting the White House after winning a presidential prize as a young researcher.

Life Remembered: Co-founder of Honor the Chief Society 'had a wonderful way about herself'

SAVOY – The co-founder of the Honor the Chief Society, who also had a lifelong interest in the visual and musical arts, has died after a long illness.

Jean M. Edwards, 89, of Savoy died Saturday.

UI law students petition against Don't Ask Don't Tell

CHAMPAIGN – Three law school student organizations are holding a petition drive this week – as the country prepares to honor its veterans – to end the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which bans openly gay service members.

Online votes could bring steam locomotive to town

A steam locomotive could be coming to East Central Illinois, but it may take a little exertion on your part to power it here.

Union Pacific is holding an online contest to determine a route for a steam locomotive excursion in 2011.