URBANA – If you don't want to spend New Year's Eve in a bar, there is an option for you besides The Chorale's annual "C-U at the Virginia" concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.
The School of Metaphysics in Urbana will usher in the New Year on Thursday evening at the Red Herring Restaurant with a non-alcoholic evening that will honor different religions and cultures.
VILLA GROVE – Bond has been set at $7,500 for a Villa Grove man arrested after police uncovered an alleged marijuana production operation in a home.
Villa Grove Police Chief Dennis Gire said officers executed a search warrant in the 100 block of South Oak Street, Villa Grove, in the early hours of Dec. 22.
URBANA – Champaign County has begun absentee voting for the Feb. 2 primary election.
Anyone registered to vote in Champaign County may vote now; no excuse is necessary, according to County Clerk Mark Shelden.
CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois Forum, a conservative, grass-roots political group, will sponsor a debate among U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates at 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St., C.
Only Republican candidates – and not even all of them – have agreed to attend the debate.
A benefit dinner to raise funds for Kevin Little, who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 squamous-cell throat cancer, has been scheduled for Jan. 30.
The chili dinner fundraiser is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Rantoul pavilion, 200 S. Century Blvd.
Area police report the follow ing:
– 2000 block of North Neil Street: Side window of car broken between 8-9:30 p.m. Dec. 23.
DANVILLE – What's more fun than watching someone drop a roll of Mentos into a 2-liter bottle of soda and seeing the fizzy liquid shoot out of the bottle like Old Faithful?
CHAMPAIGN – Most sidewalks in the business and campus districts of Champaign were already shoveled by Monday morning when the city officially declared the sidewalk snow removal ordinance in effect.
TOLONO – Firefighters were sent to a mobile home fire Monday afternoon at The Oaks in Tolono.
Crews from Tolono and other departments were sent after a report of heavy smoke showing from a mobile home about 1 p.m.
DANVILLE – Drivers may want to avoid using Walnut Street in the downtown area, as contractors expect to begin demolishing the single-deck parking garage and the AT&T building this week.
Today, crews are expected to put up a 6-foot chain-link fence around the parking garage demolition site, according to Doug Ahrens, public works director for the city. Actual demolition of the two-story garage in the 100 block of Walnut Street will begin later this week, weather permitting.