Sheriff's department to get help fighting bacteria

DANVILLE – For about the last year, the Vermilion County sheriff's office has been taking precautions to control incidents of the MRSA bacteria that can lead to deadly infections in humans.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the Vermilion County jail has had to treat inmates with the bacteria, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, in the last year.

Officials OK more water treatment in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN – City officials voted Monday to provide additional treatment to the wastewater discharged from the sewer plant on Mill Street.

Georgetown City Council members voted to have Buchanan Industrial Controls of Mount Zion provide and install pumps, valves and electrical controls to add chlorine and sodium bisulfite to the wastewater automatically as it leaves the plant, at a total cost of about $43,640.

Students hosting soup lunch for disabled vets

DANVILLE – Some Edison Elementary School fourth-graders will serve up soup Monday to raise money for disabled veterans.

The public is invited to attend the burgoo lunch, which will be held at the Edison gymnasium, 2101 N. Vermilion St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Boy who used pepper spray gets supervision

URBANA – A 15-year-old Champaign boy who sprayed pepper spray at Urbana Middle School almost a year ago was sentenced Monday to 18 months of court supervision.

The sentence means the youth, described by the administrator of the READY school as a "model student," will have no record of a conviction if he successfully completes his period of supervision.

Ad expense upsets Vermilion County officials

DANVILLE – Some members of the Vermilion County finance committee were upset Monday night that a $63,000 expense to publish property tax assessments was not anticipated.

Recently, the county published property tax assessments in four Vermilion County newspapers, as required by Illinois law every four years. The Vermilion County finance committee asked at Monday night's meeting why money had not been set aside in the current budget for an expense that comes around every four years.

TechTour gives residents chance to learn about new projects

Last week area residents had a chance to board a bus and tour Champaign, Urbana and the University of Illinois to see what's new in the area. If you weren't on the bus for techTour, here's a sampling of what you missed.

UI student puts modern twist on retro math tool

All the cool technology available these days, and Greg Schechter makes a name for himself in high-tech circles nationally with a slide rule.

OK, it's a virtual slide rule that won Schechter a competition called Yahoo University Hack Days.

Champaign City Council plans to vote on property tax levy

CHAMPAIGN – The city council is expected to vote to set its estimated property tax levy at $19 million Tuesday night, a 13.6 percent increase over this year's amount.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

C-U mentoring program gets glowing assessment

URBANA – The Champaign-Urbana One-to-One Mentoring Program, which pairs students with adult role models, is one of the premier programs of its kind, said Beth Welbes, the senior coordinator of research at the University of Illinois Center for Prevention Research and Development.

In her position, Welbes travels all around two states surveying mentoring and other programs that are supposed to connect children to school. She often has to be the bearer of bad news about those programs' results, she said.

Burglaries discovered in Savoy development

SAVOY – Champaign County sheriff's deputies are looking into burglaries at a new housing development in the village.

Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said there were burglaries sometime during the day Friday at two apartments at Village at Colbert Park, in the 1200 block of Village Park Way.