Mom, son arrested in drug raid

VILLA GROVE – A Villa Grove woman and her son face drug charges after a police raid at their home Friday.

Douglas County State's Attorney Kevin Nolan said Jane E. Milsap, 39, and Michael Milsap, 22, are being held in the Douglas County Jail pending bond hearings. Arraignment is tentatively set for Thursday, he said.

Youths reaching out to Alzheimer's patients by making blankets

URBANA – Being locked up during the holidays can be tough on anyone, but it's especially challenging for the adolescents at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center.

Superintendent Connie Kaiser is hoping that by getting the children held there this month to focus on giving to others, it will keep their minds off what they might be missing at home.

Stray animals worry vet, but 'we just can't handle it all'

MONTICELLO – Kay Lindsay, a veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Monticello, is concerned about the stray dog problem in Piatt County. But she doesn't know what else she and her colleagues in Monticello can do to help.

In 1979, when she opened the animal hospital, she took in strays from Monticello, plus any villages and unincorporated areas in Piatt County that had contracts with her business.

Reservations still taken for '100th Birthday' at Schlarman

DANVILLE – The Schlarman High School development office is still accepting reservations for an event in remembrance of the late Msgr. Charles B. Motsett.

"Due to the school being closed for the Christmas holidays, we still want people to mail in their reservations or call the development office and leave a request for reservations," said Janet Picillo, Schlarman development director. Picillo will still be checking the incoming mail.

Dealership, Danville negotiate over a redevelopment proposal

DANVILLE – The city of Danville is trying to work out a redevelopment agreement with the Courtesy Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership on Main Street.

Courtesy, 231 W. Main St., Danville, is within the Western Gateway Redevelopment Project Area, a tax increment financing district created by the Danville City Council in April 2005. City officials are talking with J.R. Fregia, Courtesy's owner, about redeveloping and expanding the dealership, as well as the Dodge franchise he recently acquired.

Business unhappy with city shoveling situation

CHAMPAIGN – Before Thursday night's rains and warmer temperatures made the issue moot, the city ordered a contractor to shovel sidewalks in front of nearly 30 downtown and Campustown businesses.

Among them was Andy's Enterprise and Andy's Towing, 515 N. Market St. And Andy Davis, the owner of those businesses, is very unhappy about it.

Four area high schools honored by magazine

Four area high schools made the cut when U.S. News & World Report analyzed performance of U.S. high schools and picked the top schools.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, Monticello, Chrisman and Shiloh high schools earned bronze medals from the magazine, which looked at test scores of 18,790 schools in most states and published results recently. The list included 62 Illinois schools, including some charter and magnet schools. Most Illinois schools picked are located in the Chicago area.

Gun found on man offered ride by police

URBANA – An Urbana man with a felony record is accused of illegally having a gun and drugs.

Demarco Lucas, 21, who listed an address in the 800 block of Oakland Avenue, was arraigned and pleaded innocent Thursday to charges of aggravated possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a controlled substance.

Man again accused of shooting gun

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man on probation for previous firing of a gun faces a new charge in which he is accused of shooting into a wall of a Champaign house early Thursday.

Perry Hampton, 20, was arraigned and pleaded innocent Thursday to charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a felon.

Farmer City haunted house director accused of felony theft

FARMER CITY – Sheriff's investigators arrested the director of a Farmer City haunted house for felony theft earlier this week.

Robert Allen McIlvain of Farmer City was arrested Tuesday on a charge that he pocketed money intended to benefit a family from Mahomet.