Motorcyclist injured in accident with car on Kirby Avenue

CHAMPAIGN – A 17-year-old was injured Friday afternoon after his motorcycle struck the back of a car that was stopped on Kirby Avenue.

Police were called out at 2:09 p.m. Friday to Kirby Avenue between Cambridge Drive and Waverly Drive.

Nearly 70 years later, love letters surface

CHAMPAIGN – It was 1938, and Joe Nipoti was in love.

His new bride, Geraldine Stogdell, lived 50 miles away in Champaign, but it felt so far. "It's the 18th, darling. 10 months of married life has made me love my darling wife more and more as time passes," he wrote in October of that year.

Less than two months later, he wrote again to "Dearest Jerry" in neat, trim script. He wrote of a new suit to buy, a friend's wedding and, mostly, of how happy he was to be married to "the best choice on the entire lot."

"All my love, Joe," he closed with.

But his Jerry never got those letters.

Some time later, Joe died. Geraldine remarried. She would be about 90 now.

And while she moved to California, two pieces of her history turned up in Champaign on Sunday morning. Postal worker Robert White could scarcely believe his eyes.

There he was, hand-sorting some mail, when what should he spot but a letter with a three-cent stamp on it.

Then he noticed something that really got his attention: The letter was postmarked Dec. 18, 1938.

Group endorses sales tax for schools

URBANA – Joan Miller has heard about the proposed 1 percent countywide sales tax to raise money for school facilities, and she's got one major question before she decides:

How much will this sales tax cost?

Monticello school district gets excellent audit report

MONTICELLO – The Monticello school board got an excellent audit report earlier this week when Auditor Robin Yockey of Mose Yockey Brown and Kull LLC told the board they received financial recognition status, the highest ranking a school district can receive.

The district received an overall score of 3.8 out of 4. The board approved the auditor's report 7-0.

Children's home gets 1st installment of good cheer from Orange Krush

Cunningham just one of agencies benefiting from $240,000 raised by student section

Former Illini Coach Lou Henson started the Orange Krush student cheering section back in the 1970s to generate more spirit at Illini basketball games.

Architects discuss design of UI Business Instructional Facility

Native Argentinian and University of Illinois alumnus Cesar Pelli is the architect behind the new Business Instructional Facility, a $64 million building at the corner of Sixth Street and Gregory Drive in Champaign.

Considered one of the campus's first "green" buildings, the Business Instructional Facility features a literal green roof, complete with plants, solar panels to provide energy to the building and sophisticated lighting and air-handling systems. And its design features, such as floating staircases and a commons area lit naturally by four stories of windows, has turned a few heads.

Douglas County hiring freeze will go into effect Dec. 1

TUSCOLA – The Douglas County Board instituted a countywide hiring freeze, effective Dec. 1. The freeze will affect all county departments and offices.

The board said no department or office shall go above the number of employees they have on Nov. 30. All part-time employment is frozen as well.

Residents get info on proposed changes for Garden Hills Elementary

CHAMPAIGN – A plan to turn Garden Hills Elementary School into a magnet school has one neighboring resident's support.

"I'm excited because I think it will be a great asset for our school and neighborhood," Amy Revilla said.

Philo officials undecided on plans for sewer system

PHILO – Village officials are still undecided about whether they want to take the next step toward getting a sanitary sewer system.

Crash injures Rantoul woman

RURAL ST. JOSEPH – A Rantoul woman remained hospitalized today after a crash north of St. Joseph on Wednesday.

Pamela Rasmussen, 47, of 15113 Hobson Drive, Ran-toul, was listed in serious condition at Carle Founda-tion Hospital.