Carroll Fire Department earns safety award

URBANA – An area fire department has won an award for its efforts to minimize firefighter injuries and deaths.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs named the Carroll Fire Department as a national award winner for its emergency vehicle safe operations program.

Peer Court offering teens training as attorneys

DANVILLE – Local teenagers interested in a career in law, law enforcement, education, counseling or psychology can get experience as a teen attorney in the Peer Court program, which is offering teen attorney training on Tuesday.

Youth from 13 years old to teenagers in high school are invited to attend the training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison Park Clubhouse, 1300 W. Voorhees St., Danville.

Crime report

Area police report the following crimes:


Mediacom subscribers may lose access WICD-TV

Mediacom subscribers in East Central Illinois could lose access to ABC affiliate WICD-TV on Jan. 1 if the cable company and WICD's owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, can't come to terms.

N-G editor, writer Becky Mabry dies at 60

HOMER – Becky Mabry, who loved Elvis, horses, Amish pie (and everything else Amish) and especially her family, died Thursday after a courageous 12-year battle with cancer.

Visitation for The News-Gazette's features editor will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Fire kills dog in rural Urbana home

RURAL URBANA – A fire caused up to $100,000 damage to a rural Urbana home Wednesday night.

Brian Brauer, captain of the Edge-Scott Fire Protection District, said a neighbor reported a fire at 504 Dodson Drive at 10 p.m. Wednesday. He said there was an estimated $45,000 to $50,000 damage to the structure and another $45,000 to $50,000 damage to contents.

Champaign County home sales on pace to top 2008

It's too soon to say for sure, but the number of homes sold in Champaign County this year could actually top last year's.

During the first half of 2009, sales ran about 13 percent behind last year's. But thanks to a strong second half, spurred by the first-time-home-buyer tax credit, the number of sales appears on pace to catch up with last year.

1 lane of Orchard Street Road to be closed for 8 days

URBANA – One lane of a portion of Orchard Street in Urbana will be closed for eight days while work crews complete street repairs.

Jim Nixa of the Urbana Public Works Department said crews from Stephens Excavating will be making fixes at 1104 S. Orchard St. from 7:30 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Jan. 4. As a result, one northbound lane of Orchard Street will be closed for 100 feet south of Ohio Street.

Area Update

Gifford Grade School has good news on tax rates

GIFFORD – While tax levy increases are the norm in most other area school districts, that is not the case in the Gifford Grade School district.

Caroling group has performed for almost 50 years

URBANA – Most caroling groups sing on the doorstep, take a little money and then go away. That's not the way the Temperley Singers do it.

Following prearranged schedules, they enter the homes of friends and colleagues to sing, traveling at a brisk pace to perform at three places an evening. At each, after singing, they socialize and fortify themselves with refreshments before moving on to the next gig.