Meijer recalls crackers, ice cream in Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Meijer stores are recalling two types of Meijer brand crackers and two types of Meijer brand ice cream sold at stores in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Trailer fire leaves 4 people homeless

LUDLOW – A fire that apparently started in the bathroom of a Ludlow mobile home has left four people without a place to live.

Ludlow Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Lucas Rogers said firefighters were called to a mobile home at 220 N. Poplar St., about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Georgetown Township schedules food giveaway Saturday

GEORGETOWN – Georgetown Township will sponsor a food giveaway for its qualifying residents in cooperation with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

The giveaway is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the township building, 1805 N. Main St., Georgetown. Township officials said doors will not open before 11 a.m.

Suspect sought in burglary at Harding Band Building

Champaign County Crimestoppers and the University of Illinois police are seeking information about a burglary at the Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C.


About 1 p.m. Jan. 11, campus police took a report of a burglary at the band building. Someone broke into several offices there and stole several laptop computers, a digital camera and numerous other items.

Urbana Middle School's restructuring plan up for public view

URBANA – After failing to meet state testing standards in some areas for five of the last six years, Urbana Middle School has begun the process of restructuring, a process required by federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

The public will have the first opportunity to view that plan on Tuesday at the Urbana school board meeting, held at 7:30 p.m. at 205 N. Race St., U.

Area investors share lessons learned in economic downturn

CHAMPAIGN – Debby Auble recalls feeling uneasy last May about the stock market and the economy in general.

A successful real estate broker who is president of Ward & Associates, 8 Main St., C, Auble said her unease led to an unusual decision. She pulled all of her investment money, which she said is "in six figures," out of stocks last May and put the money into safe money-market accounts and even a savings account that was paying 2.8 percent interest.

'Master Money Mentors' to offer one-on-one financial advice

CHAMPAIGN – If you're having financial problems, sometimes the best way to sort them out is to work with someone one-on-one.

That's the philosophy behind "Master Money Mentors," a program Champaign County Extension plans to put in place this year.

Campaign-disclosure workshop set Feb. 7 in Champaign

A campaign disclosure workshop will be held Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. Co-sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Elections and Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden, the seminar will be held at Lincoln Trail Libraries System, 1704 W. Interstate Drive, C.

Shelden said the workshop will be geared to the filing requirements of candidates and political committees and will focus on the Campaign Disclosure Act, Rules and Regulations. He said the presentation is essential to campaign groups and candidates running for office in the Feb. 24 primary and April 7 general elections, as well as those involved in fund-raising activities in the coming months.

Citizen Police Academy to offer look at law enforcement work

CHAMPAIGN – A glimpse at how local law enforcement works will be offered at the 23rd session of the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy.

The program, hosted by the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks beginning Feb. 19. Sessions will be held at the training institute at 1004 S. Fourth St., C, the UI police firing range, and Willard Airport in Savoy.

There's still time to run for seat on Danville school board

DANVILLE – After 11 years "and some change," Greg Hilleary still enjoys serving on the Danville school board, and he hopes to get the chance to do that for another four years.

"It's a lot of work, but I enjoy being able to be a part of providing what I think is the best education we can give our children," he said. "We still have a lot of unfinished business. We have to consider what we're going to do with our buildings ... And we've got a new superintendent, and I think it would be good to have some consistency in the management area."