Three of eight Urbana schools hit testing mark

URBANA -- Test results from last spring are a mixed bag for the Urbana school district in terms of meeting the standards of No Child Left Behind.

Three elementary schools -- Thomas Paine, Yankee Ridge and Wiley -- made adequate yearly progress, while Leal, King and Prairie did not. Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School also missed the mark.

Danville city tax levy will take slight dip this year

DANVILLE – For the first time in at least six years, Danville city officials are planning to decrease the property tax levy, slightly.

Whether individual property tax bills go up or down depends on a multitude of factors, including the requests of other taxing bodies, tax rates and property values.

$25,000 bond in burglary case

URBANA – Bond has been set at $25,000 for an Urbana man arrested after police say they saw him looking into cars early Saturday morning.

Nathan Lawrence Mixon, 18, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Montgomery Street, Urbana, pleaded innocent Monday to felony residential burglary.

Home fire sprinkler demonstration set for Mansfield

MANSFIELD – Area residents will have a chance to see the value of installing home fire sprinklers at a live demonstration scheduled for Wednesday evening.

The Northern Piatt Fire Protection District will hold the demonstration beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at its fire station at 108 N. Washington St., Mansfield.

Highlights of Danville tax levy proposal

Danville city's proposed 2010 property tax levy

Breakdown of where the property tax dollars would go:

(Numbers are not exact due to rounding)

Fire pensions: $2,357,821*

Police pensions: $1,874,792*

Rantoul city schools budget shows deficit

RANTOUL – The Rantoul city school board approved the 2010-11 school budget at $17.9 million with its education and capital project funds in the red.

The education fund's revenue is set at $11.4 million with a disbursement of $11.8 million, leaving it $384,000 in the red.

Danville firm celebrates anniversary of partnership that kept it alive

DANVILLE – One year ago Thursday, Brad Irle and a group of private investors took over ownership of Th Snyder, a custom woodworking business that creates cabinetry, moldings, doors and more for high-end residential projects.

Life Remembered: Cleveland Hammonds Jr. one of Champaign's first black administrators

CHAMPAIGN – A successful school superintendent who got his start as an administrator in the Champaign school district has died.

Cleveland Hammonds Jr. died Sept. 7 at age 75. According to his obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mr. Hammonds was preparing to give a lecture on education administration at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville when he collapsed.

Pet of the Week: Patsy

Patsy is a friendly cat available for adoption at the Champaign County Humane Society

Oct. 5 is final day to register to vote in November election

URBANA – Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election.

Registration will be open at the Champaign County clerk's office, 1776 E. Washington St., U, until 4:30 p.m. today.