DACC, union approve new contract

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's classified staff will be working under a new five-year contract starting July 1.

Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved the agreement with the Classified Staff Association, DACC President Alice Jacobs said.

Motorcycle poker run approved in Catlin

CATLIN – Village officials said Tuesday that they would cooperate with the organizer of a motorcycle poker run and outdoor concert in the village on Aug. 2.

Shelly Eichorn, owner of The Alley Cat tavern in the village, said she plans to organize the Free Ride Poker Run that Saturday, and to have a southern rock band play in the back alley behind the bar that evening.

Area veterans to discuss return to civilian life

TOLONO – Marine Staff Sgt. George Flowers, severely wounded in Vietnam, knows more than a little about re-adjusting to civilian life.

"It wasn't just tough on me, it was tough on my family," the Tolono man said Tuesday.

Newell Township officials arraigned

DANVILLE – The Newell Township road commissioner and his predecessor each pleaded innocent Tuesday during their separate arraignments on felony charges.

Richard "Pete" Powell, 60, of rural Danville, faces six counts of theft of government property – three are Class 2 felonies, and three are Class 4; six counts of official misconduct; and one count of not having a firearm owner's identification card, a Class A misdemeanor.

Superintendent to keep watch over two districts

ROSSVILLE – Starting this summer, Randy Hird will pull double duty as the chief of two neighboring northern Vermilion County school districts.

A longtime educator, Hird has been the Bismarck-Henning superintendent for eight years.

Social Security Administration plans new facility in Danville

DANVILLE – The Social Security Administration plans to move its local offices from Voorhees Street into a new building in the center of the city, bringing more workers downtown.

Construction on the new 7,500-square-foot stucco building is expected to begin in six weeks at the empty lot on the northwest corner of Vermilion and Seminary streets across from the New Holland Apartment complex.

Danville council to replace bridge with at-grade crossing

DANVILLE – City council members approved an agreement Tuesday to remove a bridge on Voorhees Street.

Inspectors imposed weight restrictions last year on the bridge, which carries Voorhees Street over the Norfolk Southern Railway just east of Springhill Cemetery.

Space issue poses hurdle for Stratton

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school officials are trying to resolve a space crunch at Stratton Elementary School to keep the gifted classrooms and fulfill a requirement of the district's consent decree for the number of classrooms at the school.

The consent decree states that Stratton should be a four-strand school, meaning it should have four classrooms at each grade level.

Man receives 75-year sentence

URBANA – Markele Powell will be 86 years old before he's eligible for parole for the attempted murder of his former girlfriend.

"She should not have to live her life looking over her shoulder wondering when this man is going to get out and finish the job," Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd said Monday.

Champaign man faces vehicle break-in charges

URBANA – A Champaign man is due back in court in July after being charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court with burglary for breaking into a car and attempted burglary for trying to get into another.

A University of Illinois police report said Christopher R. Johnson, 22, of the 400 block of Edgebrook Drive was arrested about 1 p.m. Sunday.