Work to close part of John Street in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A portion of John Street in Champaign will be closed to through traffic for about four weeks beginning next week.

John Street will be closed to through traffic between Prairie Street and State Street beginning at 7 a.m. Monday while a work crew completes the next phase of the John Street drainage improvement project.

No one hurt in Champaign apartment fire

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Fire Department reports that nobody was injured in an apartment building fire early Wednesday afternoon.

According to a Champaign Fire Department report, firefighters were called to 501 N. Neil St. at 1:11 p.m. Wednesday.

When they arrived one minute later, they found a fire on the second floor of a three-story brick building.

Roundhouse loses major funds, will narrow program

CHAMPAIGN – Roundhouse, a shelter for homeless and runaway children and young teens in Champaign, will refocus its program to serve young adults because its major federal funding source for younger teens and adolescents isn't being renewed.

Crimestoppers sponsors record-shredding event

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County Crimestoppers will hold a community shredding day to help you destroy old documents and avoid identity theft.

For a suggested donation of $5, you can bring financial paperwork to be shredded to the northwest parking lot of the University of Illinois Assembly Hall from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Federal grants bring $6 million in energy funding

CHAMPAIGN – Two area companies and several local school districts and cities will share in nearly $6 million in energy grants to East Central Illinois, courtesy of federal stimulus money.

The biggest winner: EpiWorks in Champaign, which received about $2.5 million to expand its photovoltaic wafer production capacity.

City's new-look website unveiled

CHAMPAIGN – The city launched a new website Wednesday morning after council members approved the new design Tuesday night.

City officials say the new website will be more user-friendly and a better marketing tool to attract visitors and businesses.

Danville teacher among those surprised with supplies from Office Max

DANVILLE – Each year, teachers dig deep into their own pockets to buy items for their classroom and students, beyond what their schools are able to provide.

On Tuesday, Office Max surprised more than 1,100 teachers across the country with about $1,000 worth of school supplies, including one at East Park Elementary School in Danville.

Retirement fund buys controlling interest in Westchester Group

CHAMPAIGN – One of the nation's biggest retirement systems has bought a controlling interest in the Champaign-based Westchester Group, which has agricultural interests around the world.

Clothing drive set for those seeking employment help

Cleaning out your closets? Suits don't fit anymore?

The United Way's Emerging Community Leaders group is organizing a professional-clothing drive and a job-tips booth to help people who need jobs or clothing to wear to work.

The clothing drive is scheduled from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16 and will benefit the Center for Women in Transition and the Salvation Army.

Appeal planned in ruling that favors Champaign lawyer

URBANA – An attorney for Dennis and Lana Noonan says they will appeal a judge's ruling that favored Champaign attorney Tom Harrington Sr.

The Noonans, who live in Arizona, filed a civil suit against Harrington in U.S. District Court in November 2008, alleging legal malpractice.