Legal help website to debut in Vermilion County

DANVILLE -- Vermilion County residents who need help with certain legal matters have a new resource at their fingertips.

Vermilion County Associate Judge Karen Wall and Circuit Clerk Dennis Gardner Wednesday were scheduled to announce the debut of the Vermilion County Legal Self-Help Center website.

Westville school board seats new members

WESTVILLE -- One new member and one returning member joined the Westville school board on Monday, following the election last month.

Dave Delanois, a lifelong Westville resident and retiree from TeePak in Danville, said he has been interested in the school board for a while. He said he has a particular interest in school policies.

Three take seats in Farmer City

FARMER CITY -- Two new council members and a new mayor were sworn in this week.

"It's a new day," said the Rev. Mike Jenkins, 41, after presiding over his first council meeting Monday as Farmer City's new mayor.

The new mayor is the minister for First Baptist Church of Farmer City.

Gerard, Faraci take office in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN -- After raising his right hand and reciting his oath of office on Tuesday, Don Gerard took his seat at the head of the city council chambers.

He can now call himself what only two others have been able to in the past 24 years: the mayor of Champaign. And he says he has a lot of work to do.

Democrats reject proposed district map


URBANA -- County board Democrats unanimously rejected a proposed map of county board districts, effective with the November 2012 election, that had been recommended by the county's independent redistricting commission.

It is now, almost literally, back to the drawing board for the 11-member commission that is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today.

Peacock sentenced to probation

URBANA -- A former star athlete from Urbana was sentenced to probation and required to complete a local drug rehabilitation program, concluding a case that could have sent him to prison.

Five more charged in Champaign mall shooting

URBANA — Prosecutors have charged five more men in connection with a shooting outside the Market Place Mall Sunday evening that left two men injured.

Both the accused shooter, Dontrell L. Thompson, 22, of Milwaukee, and the man he shot, Tony Brock, 28, of Champaign, were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital after the incident. Their conditions have not been disclosed.

Paper will donate to charity of new subscribers' choice

The News-Gazette has launched an offer that allows new subscribers to help their favorite charities.

Start a new subscription to the newspaper -- the print or electronic edition -- and a $20 donation will be made in your name to the charity you choose.

That's all there is to it.

Marching Illini director leaving UI

The director of the Marching Illini will leave May 15 to take a new job as chairman of the Department of Music at Elmhurst College.

Asssistant Band Director Peter Griffin accepted the job on Saturday, according to Professor Robert Rumbelow, director of UI bands.

Tax collector sentenced in misdemeanor assault case

URBANA -- A Riverton man convicted of misdemeanor assault for his conduct with a Philo woman has been sentenced to three months of conditional discharge and fined $1,000.