Georgetown-Ridge Farm schools' budget approved

GEORGETOWN – School officials approved an $11.39 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday that may include up to $101,000 in deficit spending.

Superintendent Greg Irwin projects that the district will generate about $11.29 million in the upcoming fiscal year – about 75 to 80 percent of which will come from the state.

'Uncle Boonie' has dedicated most of his life to Homer

Homer – Everett "Uncle Boonie" Walters likes to say, "Everybody knows that Uncle Boonie has got worms."

He does, at his bait shop.

Fellow UI students bid farewell to shooting victim

URBANA – Fellow University of Illinois students described 19-year-old Tyrone Williams as a kind man who aspired someday to become a lawyer.

Mr. Williams, 19, was fatally shot Friday outside a home on the west side of Chicago along with his 17-year-old cousin, Percy Day.

Longtime Vermilion associate circuit court judge retiring

DANVILLE – A longtime associate circuit court judge in Vermilion County plans to retire at the end of October.

Judge James K. Borbely confirmed Monday afternoon that he has filed the necessary paperwork with the courts and plans to retire at the end of next month.

Forum will address rise in youth violence in Rantoul

RANTOUL – Officials from a Chicago-based group that works with at-risk youths will be present at a community prayer forum and mini-workshop this week in Rantoul.

Representatives of BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) will take part.

Pump station work to affect Vine Street traffic

URBANA –– Some lanes on North Vine Street in Urbana will be closed on Thursday to allow work crews to repair a stormwater pump station.

The city of Urbana plans to repair a pump station on north Vine Street between East Main Street and East University Avenue.

UI alumnus, Pixar leader to speak on filmmaking

CHAMPAIGN – The leader of the Moving Picture Group at Pixar Animation Studios will speak at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 141 at Wohlers Hall, 1206 S. Sixth St., C.

Michael Johnson, a University of Illinois alumnus, will give a talk titled, "Making Movies is Hard Fun – Building Tools for Telling Stories." The talk, part of the Design Matters series, is free and open to the public.

Stations go off air, power down for tower improvements

CHAMPAIGN – One Champaign radio station went off the air for nearly three hours and another station temporarily reduced its power on Sunday in an effort to improve reception for people listening to National Weather Service broadcasts.

Ed Bond, engineer and producer at WDWS-AM and WHMS-FM, said work crews spent late Sunday morning and part of Sunday afternoon replacing the National Weather Service's antenna on top of the radio tower near Neil Street and Windsor Road.

Repair work will affect Race Street starting Tuesday

URBANA – Road work will disrupt traffic on Race Street starting on Tuesday.

As part of an ongoing concrete patching project throughout the city, Race Street will be closed to through traffic from Windsor Road to George Huff Drive starting on Tuesday. Local and emergency traffic will be allowed to use Race Street, but through traffic will be detoured to Vine Street.

Public hearing scheduled on proposed water-rate hike

SPRINGFIELD – The local public hearing on Illinois American Water's 34.7 percent proposed rate increase for customers in its Champaign district has been moved.

The hearing, conducted by the Illinois Commerce Commission, now will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in room D244, second floor, Building D, at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.