Villa Grove council OKs funds for football field sprinker system

VILLA GROVE – The city council approved a donation of $500 Tuesday night toward a new sprinkler system for use on the Villa Grove High School football field.

The individual organizing the fund drive to raise the amount needed for the new specialized sprinkler system had originally asked the council for a $1,000 donation.

Police look for suspect in bank robbery

CHAMPAIGN – The wig worn by a man who robbed a BankChampaign branch Tuesday afternoon may make a distinctive disguise, but one local costume shop manager isn't sure it will help police nab him.

Two more civil suits related to Jon White filed

URBANA – Two more civil suits were filed Tuesday on behalf of former students of Jon White, the former Urbana teacher convicted of 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, eight of them from incidents in Champaign County and two in McLean County.

The suits were filed by Urbana lawyer Thomas Bruno on behalf of Jane Doe-5 and Jane Doe-6, as well as their parents.

Rantoul aims to replace runway lights in spring

RANTOUL – Planes approaching the Rantoul airport can expect a clearer view of its runways even in dark or foggy weather beginning in March.

The Rantoul Village Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve an $85,217 contract with Burns & McDonnell, Downers Grove, to provide engineering for a planned $950,863 new runway lighting system for the airport.

Miller's Dry Goods near Arthur offers treasure in every aisle

ARTHUR – Rosemary Scott wanders the narrow aisles of Miller's Dry Goods as if trolling for buried treasure.

What the part-time Floridian seeks in this little shop may be on that top shelf, between the hundreds of bolts of fabric. Or maybe it's by that glass pitcher, or the rows of kitchen timers, or the wooden money banks.

Then she spots her find, a game, Phase 10. "I've been looking for this forever," she says, clutching it in her hand along with a pink-and-white bib that's perfect for her granddaughter.

Down the row and minutes earlier, Sharleen Walker made a similarly serendipitous discovery, iron-on transfers to emblazon clothes.

Walker and her husband, Charlie, drove 70 miles or so from Kincaid to visit Amish country. They were looking for transfers downtown, Charlie said, when someone told them that if they were anywhere, they'd be at Miller's.

Danville's proposed tax levy hike nearly 8 percent

DANVILLE – The city council's public works committee had a first look at the proposed 2008 tax levy Tuesday night – a nearly 8 percent increase over the 2007 tax levy.

Any increase 5 percent or more requires a public hearing.

Danville college plans Founders' Day program

DANVILLE – The public is invited to Danville Area Community College's second biennial Founders' Day program on Friday.

It will begin at 1 p.m. at the Bremer Auditorium inside the Bremer Conference and Workforce Development Center on the main campus, 2000 E. Main St. The program is free.

Conference to assist social agencies set Oct. 28 in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A best-selling author will be the featured speaker for a leadership conference sponsored by the Mental Health Center of Champaign County.

Robert K. Cooper, author of "The Other 90 Percent: How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life," will lead morning and afternoon sessions at the Oct. 28 conference in Champaign.

'Day of Play' to help family of Danville girl struck by car

DANVILLE – The Danville Jaycees and friends of a couple whose 6-year-old daughter, Aneya Dye, was fatally struck by a car are hosting an event to remember her and raise money to help cover the family's medical expenses.

"A Day of Play" is planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park, 900 W. English Ave., Danville. It is open to the public.

Westville street may be named in honor of longtime mayor

WESTVILLE – An unnamed one-block street will be named in honor of a past mayor, village officials decided Tuesday.

The street – which runs between Zamberletti Park and Westville Junior High School – will be named for Mike Weese, who spent 12 years as mayor from 1993 to 2005.