Provena Covenant to seek tax exemptions for 2003-06 at state hearing

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center will argue its case for a tax exemption again – this time for tax years 2003 to 2006 – at an Illinois Department of Revenue hearing in Chicago set to begin Jan. 18.

But it could be many months before the Urbana hospital has an answer.

Longview State Bank will take time finding new president

SIDNEY – The chairman of the Longview State Bank says the bank will take its time finding a permanent successor to David K. Grace, who left his position as president and chief executive officer in late December.

"We want to find the right person," David Albin said. "It's going to be hard to follow a guy like David. He was awfully good."

Man accused of selling cocaine

URBANA – A Rantoul man accused of selling crack cocaine is due back in court Feb. 1.

Mark Morton, 30, who listed an address in the 500 block of North Penfield Street, was arraigned Friday on a single count of delivery of a controlled substance.

Home sales up a bit in December

SAVOY – December home sales provided a glimmer of hope for recovery at the close of a weak year for the Champaign County housing market.

December is usually a slow time for home sales, but last month 150 sales were closed, up from 120 in November and 144 the previous December, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 1500 block of Kiler Drive: Cell phone stolen from a purse Wednesday.

– 900 block of Maplepark Drive: Window air conditioner and a three-ton floor jack stolen from a driveway Wednesday.

– 400 block of West Bradley Avenue: Window of vehicle broken Tuesday.

Man faces 10 counts of criminal sexual assault

URBANA – A 47-year-old Seymour man has been charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with molesting two teen-age girls over a period of years.

Mark Doman was charged Friday with 10 counts of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.

Woman charged with burglary to vehicles

URBANA – A Champaign woman is due back in court next month after being charged with two counts of burglary for allegedly entering cars in the Cherry Hills subdivision in Champaign intent on stealing.

No vote on taxes in Springfield till Sunday at earliest

SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Shane Cultra thought he had a chance to get into the record books.

"I wanted to get into the Guinness Book of Records as the first legislator to vote twice in two different houses against the same tax increase," the Onarga Republican said Friday.

Pet of the Week Precious

Precious is a 2 year old spayed Tortie domestic medium hair cat, very affectionate and playful, gets along well with other cats, and looking for a new home. 

Even light snow brings crashes

The bit of snow falling Friday morning apparently caught a few area motorists unaware of its potential for harm.

State police handled three apparently weather-related accidents before 10 a.m.