Oakwood welcomes grocery store opening

OAKWOOD – For the last 1- 1/2 years, Oakwood resident Marian Stevens has had to drive 15 minutes to Danville or 30 minutes to Champaign to buy her groceries.

Now she can go right down the road.

Wednesday was the much-anticipated opening of the Oakwood IGA at 100 S. Scott St.

Group raises money for food bank's backpack program

When she moved to Champaign 11 years ago, Ana Vieira knew nothing about hunger in the community.

She had never given it much thought back home in Portugal, and to her this university town seemed like "a piece of paradise."

MTD board OKs $13.1 million for 23 hybrid buses

URBANA – Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District officials hope to have 23 new 40-foot buses on the streets by next April.

The MTD board Wednesday authorized spending about $13.1 million in federal, state and local funds to purchase the buses that will replace 1996- and 1997-era buses that have corrosion problems.

Six people take nominating packets for mayor's seat in Danville

DANVILLE – As of Wednesday, six people had picked up nominating packets for the office of Danville mayor.

That would be enough to force a primary election if they all file petitions, said the city's chief elections officer.

$250,000 bond set in 2008 home invasion in Champaign

URBANA – A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $250,000 bond in connection with a 2008 home invasion in Champaign.

Dextermetious M. Wardlow, 24, who listed two different addresses in Champaign, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to felony home invasion armed with a firearm.

Rantoul ice company business heating up

RANTOUL – Wayne Mathis' Super Cube is generating ice like there's no tomorrow.

Ice production at the Rantoul shop, an ice-making company that Mathis started in 1973, has steadily increased since it opened. Mathis said he started out with two restaurant ice makers, which could produce 70 bags of ice a day.

Budget outlook grim for PBL

PAXTON – A fiscally conservative budget may not be enough for the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district to avoid further cuts to staff, supplies, transportation – and potentially programs and activities.

Holdup attempt reported at Champaign gas station

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are investigating an attempted hold-up at a north Champaign gas station that occurred early Wednesday.

A Champaign police report said a man entered the Meijer gas station on North Prospect Avenue about 1:30 a.m. and demanded cash from the clerk by implying he had a weapon.

The male clerk refused the man's demand and he left.

Urbana man arrested over stolen '88 Mercedes

URBANA – Urbana police arrested an Urbana man late Tuesday afternoon for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Edmund Bowser, 41, who listed an address in the 800 block of West Hill Street, Urbana, pleaded innocent Wednesday to felony unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Dozens of students sent home sick from Tuscola school

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola school district and the Douglas County Health Department are investigating after about 70 students at North Ward Elementary School in Tuscola were sent home from school sick on Wednesday.

The school has an enrollment of just over 400 students.