Two charged in scrap-metal theft

URBANA -- Two men who police say stole scrap metal from an Urbana residence and recycled it for cash have been charged with burglary.

Man sentenced to prison in cocaine case

TUSCOLA -- A Danville man who admitted selling cocaine in Villa Grove has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Douglas County State's Attorney Kevin Nolan said Tyrone Wilson, 51, pleaded guilty last week to delivery of a controlled substance, admitting that on Sept. 8, he sold about 3 grams of crack cocaine in Villa Grove.

Man arrested on drug charge

URBANA -- A Danville man who allegedly swallowed about a quarter-ounce of cocaine when stopped by Danville police earlier this month has been criminally charged in Champaign County.

Steven Marshall, 30, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Hazel, was charged Tuesday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Hundreds without power after storms hit; flood warning in Piatt County

UPDATED 6:15 a.m. Wednesday

Hundreds of residents in East Central Illinois were without electricity as storms swept through the area bringing rain and high winds.

Champaign postpones meeting; Culver ready to leave

UPDATED 8:50 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN -- With no word from a Georgia school system that is considering Champaign Superintendent Arthur Culver as a finalist for its top job, the Champaign school board has postponed a special meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Life Remembered: Kirchner brought energy, passion to life's work

URBANA – Robert Kirchner is remembered as a tireless and passionate fighter in both political and legal circles.

Mr. Kirchner, 54, of Urbana died Sunday morning. Friends said he apparently had a heart attack.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 Philo Road, U.

Energy grants will help Rantoul schools replace doors

RANTOUL -- The community's grade school district will use $250,000 in federal energy efficiency grant money to add new entrance doors on four of the district's five school buildings.

The Rantoul City Schools board was informed last week that the district received the funds April 8.

Groups hold rallies at West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN -- Organizers say they were not surprised by the dismal turnout for Monday's tea party rally at West Side Park.

The "tax day" protest that had attracted about 400 people in 2009 and 550 people last year yielded about 35 people Monday.

Trial dates set for accused killers

DANVILLE -- Two men could stand trial as early as this spring in connection with a 2007 triple homicide in Danville.

Vermilion County Circuit Judge Michael Clary set jury trials for David L. Moore, 36, of Chicago, and Jerome J. Harris, 26, of Danville, for June 20.

Earth Day program at Anita Purves Nature Center 2011

 At the Anita Purves Nature Center  in Urbana, IL. Monday, April 18, 2011 students took part in five E.A.R.T.H. Day stations and learned about local foods, recycling, MTD hybrid bus; added to an eco-art project and took a guided hike in Busey Woods.