Lane restrictions planned on Fourth Street in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Traffic lanes will be restricted on a portion of South Fourth Street for six days.

Traffic lanes in the 900 block of South Fourth Street will be merged into the parking lanes between Chalmers Street and Daniel Street beginning at 7 a.m. Friday while Cross Construction repairs a sanitary sewer.

No injuries reported at Tolono grain elevator

TOLONO — A late afternoon explosion and fire caused an estimated several thousand dollars of damage to a Tolono grain elevator.

According to a fire department report, Tolono firefighters were called to a report of a small explosion and small fire at the Grand Prairie Co-op elevator at 1 S. Calhoun St., Tolono, at 4:20 p.m. Thursday.

Urbana council reaches agreement on social services funding, will vote June 21

URBANA – A teen center in east Urbana will get a little extra funding for its programs.

Members of the Urbana city council agreed in a study session Monday to give the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, 1401 E. Main St., its full request of $10,000. The council agreed to recommend allocations to 40 social service agencies for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Virginia Theatre will get new marquee

CHAMPAIGN — The historic Virginia Theatre will be getting a new marquee — or old marquee, depending on how you look at it.

The Champaign Park District board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to request designs for a fresh marquee resembling the 1921 rectangular sign original to the building.

UI ag courses offered via distance education

URBANA – Small agriculture programs at Illinois community colleges and even a Chicago high school are teaming up with the University of Illinois for dual credit courses.

It's a win-win situation, said Heather Miller, the academic outreach program director at the Urbana campus' College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Ford County jail worker suspended over allegation of sexual abuse of inmate

PAXTON – A correctional officer at the Ford County Jail has been suspended with pay as federal authorities investigate claims that he sexually abused a female inmate.

Sheriff: Ford County knew of criminal record when officer was hired

PAXTON – Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran confirmed that one of his officers, named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed last week, had a criminal record when he was hired as a courthouse security guard in August 2007.

Dogs will have their day on Saturday, Sunday afternoon in Danville

DANVILLE – Bekah Moss and her three dogs – Mojo, Mia and Murphy – had four rolling, grassy acres of Danville's new dog park all to themselves Wednesday afternoon.

But that won't be the case this weekend, when dogs, dog owners, vendors and more gather for the grand opening of the FETCH dog park at the city-owned Espenscheid Park off of Voorhees Street.

Without repair money, UI closes St. Mary's Road to through traffic

CHAMPAIGN – If you take St. Mary's Road to get to across the south edge of the University of Illinois campus, think again.

A portion of St. Mary's Road is being closed to through traffic beginning Thursday until further notice.

And that notice won't be coming any time soon.

12th Cafe on the Lawn set to launch in Danville

DANVILLE – The Center for Children's Services GRADS and GED program students are setting up for the 12th annual Cafe on the Lawn.