Sidney zoning board to get chicken question

SIDNEY – A Sidney resident who wants to have chickens allowed within the village limits will take his request to the town's zoning board.

United Way campaign begins in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – A little can go a long way.

That's the message that the United Way of Danville Area volunteers will be taking to thousands of people in the Vermilion County area over the next two months as they kicked off the agency's annual fundraising campaign Wednesday morning at Vermilion Place in downtown Danville.

Molestation pleas bring 27 years in prison for Champaign man

URBANA – A Champaign man who admitted sexually molesting two young girls in 2008 has been sentenced to a total of 27 years in prison on two felony counts.

Melvin board puts limits on fences


MELVIN – The village board on Tuesday limited the height and location of fences.

Rankin appoints police chief to probationary term


RANKIN – Tim Condon, acting police chief, has been appointed probationary police chief through Nov. 4.

The Rankin Village Board made the appointment recently, after former chief Chris White was fired last month for undisclosed reasons.

Farmer City council still without interim city manager

FARMER CITY – After a 25-minute executive session on the subject, Farmer City Council members declined to hire an interim city manager.

Mayor Delwin "Buster" Kirby said one candidate was considered, but council members instead decided to continue having the mayor and city clerk authorized to act until a new full-time city manager is hired.

Danville teachers back strike if talks fail on Sunday

DANVILLE – Just as they did three weeks ago, Danville teachers and support staff on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to go on strike next week if contract negotiations between its union and the school district aren't successful.

However, Danville Education Association officials said they're cautiously optimisic that won't happen.

Two Champaign men arrested after suspected marijuana is found in the trunk of their vehicle

URBANA — Bond has been set at $25,000 for two men arrested after police found 4.6 pounds of suspected marijuana in the trunk of their vehicle.

Danville man arrested for robbery in Urbana

URBANA — A Danville man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $35,000 bond following his arrest in connection with a robbery in Urbana on Tuesday morning.

Christopher A. Mitchell, 23, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Campbell Lane, Danville, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to one count of felony robbery.

Urbana school board narrows options for early childhood building

URBANA — The Urbana school board has narrowed the options for a site for a new early childhood building.