Teens learn leadership lessons for future in new program

DANVILLE – Sharain Dunn enjoys living in Vermilion County so much that after college, she hopes to return to open her own business and raise a family.

To encourage more of her peers to do that, she said, people in the community must work together to make it a healthy, vibrant area with plenty of educational, employment, cultural, leisure and volunteer opportunities – and that includes teens.

Building a token of appreciation for injured vet's service

MAHOMET – Thursday marked the beginning of a new chapter in Army Sgt. Cameron Crouch's life as the first wall was raised on the Iraq war veteran's new home in Mahomet.

UI, Wisconsin in tie for 39th best on magazine's list

URBANA – The University of Illinois has once again been recognized as one of the great state schools, along with Big Ten rivals Michigan and Wisconsin.

Tango to light up Virginia Theatre's stage on Friday

You can see the tango on any number of dance shows. But if you want to see the tango done Argentina-style, you can do that at the Virginia Theatre on Friday.

"Argentina Tango on Stage" will be presented at 8 p.m. at the Virginia, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets for the show are $55, $45 and $35.

'Extreme Makeover' will put students, visitors at odds

TOLONO – Unit 7 officials want fans of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to watch for children in the area early next week.

It was announced Tuesday that Philo residents Nathan and Jenny Montgomery, whose children attend Unit 7 schools, were chosen by the show to get a brand-new home. Superintendent Michael Shonk told school board members Wednesday that show's representatives have said the family is returning to the home between 1 and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Head Start workers called to protest unpaid furloughs

Union workers for the Champaign County Head Start program were expected to protest Thursday against cuts in work hours and wages.

Pickets were due to be at all Head Start sites in the county, including Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and Rantoul, according to Tara McCauley, representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents about 80 Head Start workers in the county.

Savoy joins in effort to stave off water-rate hikes

SAVOY – Savoy will join forces with Champaign, Urbana, St. Joseph and Sidney to fight against a 34.7 percent water rate increase, proposed by Illinois American Water Company earlier this year.

In addition, the company is looking to impose a surcharge of up to 5 percent annually that customers would pay for some infrastructure replacement.

Voles, foes to square off at Kennekuk Park

DANVILLE – The Vermilion Voles Vintage Base Ball Club will host its 3rd annual Uncle Joe Cannon Vintage Base Ball Jamboree Saturday at Kennekuk County Park, off Henning Road, near Danville.

Six matches are scheduled, beginning at noon. The games will feature the Chicago Salmon, Rock Springs Ground Squirrels, St. Louis Perfectos and the Voles.

Mansfield lands two Safe Routes to School grants

MANSFIELD – The village of Mansfield has received two grants for the Safe Routes to School program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced that the village was awarded $2,000 for educational materials and $15,000 for speed feedback trailers and signs. Trustee Bambie Roy wrote the grants with help in the planning stage from Blue Ridge School district administrators, Farnsworth Group engineers, and other trustees.

Meeting set for concerns of those in southeast Urbana

URBANA – Residents of a southeast Urbana neighborhood are urged to participate in a meeting tonight.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Prairie Elementary School, 2102 E. Washington St., U.