Four more Vermilion Health Department positions to be cut

DANVILLE – Shriveling grant resources, a smaller budget and increasing costs means the Vermilion County Health Department will be cutting four full-time positions in coming months as the county heads into its new fiscal year.

Vermilion County recycling might eventually be revived

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Board's health and education committee has decided to reduce the hours of the county recycling coordinator because of the recycling program's being eliminated on Oct. 1.

But Steve Laker, administrator of the health department, which oversees the recycling program, said the department is committed to reviving recycling in Vermilion County. It just currently does not have the dollars to do it.

Area-based auto warranty firm focus of probe

The Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois is investigating complaints that a Bloomington-based auto warranty company failed to honor the warranties it sold to customers.

More than 80 complaints have been filed against Dealers Services. Its office was located in Bloomington, but telemarketers solicited business from all across the country, said John Harmon, dispute resolution specialist with the Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois.

North Ridge promotion requirements could increase

DANVILLE – North Ridge Middle School eighth-graders must pass language arts, math, science and social studies to be promoted to the ninth grade.

Now school officials are hoping to boost the promotion criteria for sixth- and seventh-graders to make those students more accountable in the learning process.

Danville schools' warehouse may be fixed instead of replaced

DANVILLE – The Danville school district's warehouse operation could be staying put.

After a second study, officials are recommending the district repair the current warehouse at 131 N. Jackson St. instead of moving the operation to another site, which was considered earlier this year.

Man held in case where Champaign woman was beaten

URBANA – A Champaign man remained jailed Saturday on home invasion charges for forcing his way into a Champaign woman's apartment and beating her.

Charles Markham, 37, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Garden Hills Drive, was charged Thursday with the Class X felony, alleging that on Wednesday, about 8 p.m., he forced his way into a home in the 1200 block of Parkland Court, battered the 39-year-old woman living there and tried to keep her from calling 911.

Talk of wind power regulations in air in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – City council members in Champaign will talk Tuesday about wind power – not the hot-air-politics type, but the wind turbine type.

At a study session set to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the city council chambers, 102 N. Neil St., C, the city planning staff will discuss wind energy conservation systems, particularly small wind turbines within city limits and how to regulate wind farms near city boundaries.

MTD's annual bus passes are selling like hotcakes

CHAMPAIGN – Lillian McKinley of Evanston was at the Illinois Terminal building last week with her son, Robert Shephard, buying an annual bus pass when she got word of the price.

"Oh God, God is good. God is so good," McKinley exclaimed upon learning that it had dropped from $235 to just $60, as of July 1.

Help sought ID'ing man in fraudulent use of debit card

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Police Department needs help identifying the man who fraudulently used a debit card twice last month.

The victim told police his debit card was used on July 11 and July 12 to make purchases at Meijer and Staples, both located on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign.

Urbana residents raise concerns over youth troubles, safety

URBANA – Concerns about youths causing trouble because they have nothing better to do, broken glass on some streets and handicapped accessibility will be discussed again in three weeks by residents of a southeast Urbana neighborhood.

Dennis Roberts, D-Ward 5, said about 28 residents met last week at the Prairie Elementary School, 2102 E. Washington St., U.