Nurse joins in state police push for traffic safety

PESOTUM – Kim Busboom has all sorts of reasons to be thankful. Surviving a traffic crash in June is near the top of her list this Thanksgiving.

The 47-year-old trauma nurse from Royal shared her seat belt experience during a Tuesday news conference hosted by the Illinois State Police, who are trying to get the attention of drivers this week as motorists hit the road for the holiday.

Savoy bucks national home-construction trend

SAVOY – It may be unexpected given the national recession, but records show new housing construction in Savoy was up substantially in 2009.

Savoy saw about 74 single-family housing starts through Nov. 13.

Vermilion Health Department to be closed for funeral

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department will be closed this morning.

The health department at 200 S. College St. in Danville will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to allow employees to attend the funeral of a longtime co-worker, Judith Kay Hawkins, who died Friday, and had worked at the department for the last 18 years. The department will resume its normal hours of service at 1 p.m.

Volunteers sought to help children at Holiday Shop

URBANA – If you feel like doing a good deed this Thanksgiving weekend, the Crisis Nursery of Champaign County could use your help.

The agency needs volunteers to help out at its 17th annual Holiday Shop on Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.

Carle putting three clinic properties up for sale

URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital is trying to sell three of the properties it leases to Carle Clinic, to comply with an agreement it made last year with the Internal Revenue Service.

Hoopeston library's holiday book sale to begin Friday

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Public Library will host a holiday book sale beginning Friday in the lower-level board room at the library, 110 N. Fourth St.

The room will have new and used fiction and nonfiction books for all ages, videos and more. Some items are discarded library books, but there are also new and one-of-a-kind titles donated by friends and patrons of the library.

Urbana High to host 38th annual Thanksgiving meal

URBANA – When Mariah Burgess sits down to Thanksgiving dinner with her family, the meal won't take place Thursday.

Oh, she'll celebrate the holiday on Thursday. But it won't be the traditional family gathering. That will have to wait until Saturday.

Catlin sets Christmas event for 5 p.m. Sunday

CATLIN – The village will hold its annual Catlin Community Christmas Spirit event beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday at the community building, 109 N. Sandusky St.

Activities include visits with the reindeer from Hardy's Reindeer Ranch and Santa Claus with photo opportunities with both.

6th man arraigned in July 6 shooting of Danville man

DANVILLE – A sixth man was arraigned in court Monday on first-degree-murder charges in connection with the July 6 shooting death of Bennie Moten.

Reginald D. Siler, 27, of Chicago appeared in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon to hear the charges against him, which include first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery.

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