'Severe case of sticker shock' on estimate for King School renovation

URBANA – Urbana school board members had a number of questions about the preliminary design for renovations at King Elementary School at a special meeting Tuesday night.

They asked about the relocation of the entrance to the school, plans for a courtyard, the size of the gym, and efforts to make the morning drop-off safer.

Westville considers annexations, including Belgium

WESTVILLE – Village officials are looking to extend the northern and southern borders of the village, and have a meeting next week to discuss a possible annexation.

2010 Marathon: Meadowbrook Park

Urbana runner Dana Mancuso takes us on a tour of Meadowbrook Park where runners will see prairie and the a sculpture garden.

Theater performance to close part of Broadway

URBANA — A portion of Broadway Avenue in Urbana will be closed to traffic for most of the day Saturday.

Broadway will be closed between Main and Elm streets from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for the Prompting Theater presentation.

2010 Marathon: Downtown Urbana

Urbana mayor Laurel Prussing offers some insights into the history and sights runners will see in downtown Urbana.

YMCA partnership with Larkin's Place shaped decision to donate

CHAMPAIGN – Rick and Jeanene Stephens said the partnership between Larkin's Place and the Champaign County YMCA shaped their decision to give $5 million to the YMCA building project.

Remains of 19th-century farmstead found on site for new path in Urbana

URBANA – You have to wonder what Fountain J. Busey would think if he knew that people were scavenging around his property.

Exec, wife make $5 million donation toward new YMCA in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Horizon Hobby Chairman Rick Stephens and his wife Jeanene have made a $5 million gift toward construction of a new Champaign County YMCA in southwest Champaign.

With that "lead gift" in hand, the YMCA hopes to raise a total of $15 million to $20 million for the new facility, YMCA Chief Executive Officer Mark Johnson said Tuesday.

'That was a great lady': Friends remember Mable Thomas

CHAMPAIGN – Mable Thomas, longtime coordinator of neighborhood groups for Champaign, is remembered as a kind and dedicated public servant.

Ms. Thomas, 61, died Tuesday at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., where she was scheduled to have heart surgery.

Vote scheduled next week for Urbana officials to give back raises

URBANA – Elected officials in Urbana won't be getting a pay raise as expected in May.