Proposed Danville tax levy up nearly 5%

DANVILLE – Mayor Scott Eisenhauer proposed a $6.42 million tax levy Tuesday night – a nearly 5 percent increase over last year.

The request is up 4.98 percent over last year's $6.12 million levy. The city would be required to have a public hearing if the request is at least 5 percent over last year's.

Construction to begin on Danville apartments for seniors

DANVILLE – Within the next six months, construction should begin along North Vermilion Street on a 25-unit apartment complex for senior citizens.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois received a federal grant to build the facility on 3.2 acres directly south of Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, on the west side of the highway.

Westville gas rates to be cut over winter

WESTVILLE – Village officials voted Tuesday to offer a discount on heating gas rates throughout the coldest winter months.

The gas rate decrease will be in effect starting with the heating gas customers buy in December that they will be charged for in January.

Bremer Center allows DACC students to spread their wings

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College student Jessica Gulley still remembers when she danced in a cabaret show at the Bremer Conference and Workforce Development Center five years ago.

There were no dressing rooms, so she and other performers had to change costumes between acts wherever they could.

New state laws aim to boost school bus safety

Several new laws are designed to make school bus travel safer, but students, parents and drivers must remain vigilant, according to State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Transportation officials.

The reminder marked the start of National School Bus Safety Week, an annual public awareness campaign. This year's theme is "Be Aware, Cross with Care."

Children with vision problems learn home-maintenance skills

URBANA – Mandi Monney knows how to change a light bulb. She knows how to put in a smoke detector battery. She knows how to do some light cleaning.

And she can't wait to put her skills to use at home.

Woman gets 8 years for arson

URBANA – An Indiana woman who set fire to an elderly Urbana woman's home was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.

In September, a Champaign County jury convicted Crystal Myrick, 30, of Bloomington, Ind., of residential arson for a fire that damaged the home of Betty Zook at 806 E. Park St., U, on Dec. 27. Zook, who was home and reading that evening, smelled smoke and was able to get help before the fire grew to serious proportions.

Student cleared for school following treatment

CHAMPAIGN – An Edison Middle School student who contracted an antibiotic-resistant staph infection has been released by a doctor to return to school, according to a letter sent home last week to Edison parents.

"We have received confirmation that the student is not contagious and poses no risk of infection," said the letter from Edison Principal Joe Williams.

High-tech expo becoming half-day bus tour

CHAMPAIGN – Don't look for techShow this fall.

The expo showcasing high-tech companies and their products is being replaced by techTour, a half-day bus tour of Champaign, Urbana and the University of Illinois campus.

Taser used in suspect's arrest

URBANA – A sheriff's deputy used a Taser on a man accused of beating and robbing an acquaintance in Urbana on Sunday.

Jack A. Beasley, 36, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Eastern Avenue, Urbana, was arraigned and pleaded innocent Monday to a felony charge of robbery relating to an incident in Urbana early Sunday. During Beasley's arrest, an unexplained gunshot was fired by police, authorities said.