Urbana police investigating liquor store holdup

URBANA - Urbana police are asking for help solving an armed robbery that occurred at a downtown business Thursday night.

St. Joseph man faces felony charges

URBANA – A St. Joseph man allegedly upset with a woman for having had contact with her ex-husband is being held in the county jail on a number of felony charges.

Opening set this month for Boneyard 'greenway'

CHAMPAIGN – Trading the run-down houses and broken sidewalks of years ago for waterfalls, an amphitheater and a "promenade," city officials will open the Boneyard Creek Second Street basin to the public on Dec. 17.

Urbana man sentenced to 12 years for gun offense

URBANA – An Urbana man with a history of weapons violations has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his latest gun-related offense.

Henry Pettigrew, 22, whose last known address was in the 3700 block of North Cunningham Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

City precincts counted in Vermilion County discovery recount

DANVILLE – Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster and challenger Dennis Miller finished inspecting and counting ballots in eight city precincts on Thursday as part of a discovery recount of results from the Nov. 2 race for county clerk.

Foster, the Democratic incumbent, beat Miller, the Republican challenger, by one vote, 11,182 to 11,181.

Philo to survey residents on issues, priorities

PHILO – The village of Philo is expected to begin conducting a community assessment survey early next year.

Superintendent says legislators move school control away from boards

ST. JOSEPH – Superintendent Jim Acklin is worried about local school districts being overlegislated.

"I think too many legislators think we can legislate problems away," he said. "I see a move away from local control."

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 1500 block of Kiler Drive: Unlocked home entered; DVD player, television, computer stolen Wednesday.

– Pizza Hut, 409 N. Mattis Ave.: Money stolen Wednesday.


Shelden to leave county clerk's office

URBANA — Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden is resigning to join the staff of U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.

Danville man killed in auto crash

DANVILLE – A 72-year-old Danville man was killed Thursday morning in a traffic accident on Ferndale Avenue in Danville, according to the Vermilion County coroner's office.