Man's house destroyed by fire -- again

DANVILLE – For the second time in less than 10 years, Danville Mobile Home Park resident Robert Smalley lost his home to a fire.

Smalley, 61, said lightning struck his single-wide mobile home, located at 38 Green Acres St., around 2 p.m. Monday, sparking a fire in the bathroom. He lives alone.

Summer lessons break boundaries

DANVILLE – On her first day of summer school, Kylie Baxter learned that mangroves are trees that grow in shallow water and provide a habitat for fish.

Classmate Caleb Sago learned that sea turtles swim in the ocean and are different from those on land.

Community discusses direction for Danville downtown

DANVILLE – What started out as an open house turned into a public forum as about a dozen community members discussed the future of downtown Danville on Monday night.

The impromptu meeting marked the first of several planned open houses by a steering committee created to craft a master plan for the greater downtown area by year's end.

Gifford woman facing more serious charges

URBANA – A new and more serious criminal charge has been filed against a Gifford woman involved in a Memorial Day weekend collision that killed a Chicago boy.

Melissa Darr, 41, was arraigned Monday for aggravated driving under the influence, alleging that she was driving under the influence of cocaine, oxycodone and other drugs at the time she sped on to Interstate 57 on May 25 and hit the vehicle that carried Raymundo Vasquez Jr., 9.

Multiple cars reported stolen in Danville area

The following thefts were reported to police over the weekend:

Bresee Tower repairs up for vote

DANVILLE – Vermilion County officials now have a price tag for temporary repairs to the Bresee Tower exterior that would shore up loose pieces of terra cotta, protect pedestrians and buy time for the historic building to attract a developer.

Pieces of the terra cotta exterior of Bresee Tower have fallen in the last several months, creating a hazard to pedestrians around the building at 4 N. Vermilion St. in downtown Danville.

Teen hospitalized, ticketed after crash

SAVOY – A Tolono teen remained hospitalized this morning following a single-car crash Saturday night.

Sgt. Dan Coile said Eric Heiser, 18, was driving north on First Street near the intersection with Curtis Road at 10:42 p.m. when he left the road on the right. His car hit a utility pole, snapping it, then continued north and hit one tree with his passenger side then hit a second tree head-on.

UI librarian to catalog rare Westminster books

Last winter, Christopher Cook traveled to London for a conference, and he did what many tourists in London do: He visited Westminster Abbey.

Cook walked through the Gothic building where England's kings and queens have been crowned, and he stumbled upon a locked door and a sign, "library."

Donation allows for upgrades to 5 DACC computer labs

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College was able to update equipment in five computer labs this year thanks, to a gift from the late Melvin E. "Jim" and Rosemary Cary.

The DACC Foundation received nearly $82,000 from the Cary Trust a few years ago. Foundation board members approved using the endowment, which had grown to about $100,000 because of interest earned, for the technology upgrades earlier this year.

Open house seeks input on best Danville emergency routes

DANVILLE – Figuring out the best east-west route for emergency response vehicles could depend on you.

The city is hosting an open house Thursday to give and receive information on proposed improvements to Bowman Avenue and Fairchild, Seminary, Voorhees and Williams streets.