Girls shot with BB gun

URBANA – Two men drove by a group of girls in Urbana and shot them with a BB gun Sunday, an Urbana police report said.

All four girls, ages 9, 10, 12 and 13 were hit but apparently not injured as they stood in the 600 block of East Florida Avenue at 8:15 p.m.

Principal finalist to speak at Edison forum

CHAMPAIGN – The finalist for the Edison Middle School principal job will meet teachers, parents and community members at a forum Wednesday evening. The sole finalist will speak and answer questions at the school at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The name of the finalist has not yet been released.

The Champaign school district is seeking a successor to Joe Williams, who is leaving Edison to be principal of Central High School.

Man to be charged with arson after fire damages area home

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man remained jailed this morning, accused of setting fire to a woman's home in Champaign.

Kenneth D. Brown, 47, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Columbia Avenue, was expected to be formally charged this afternoon in connection with a Sunday night fire that heavily damaged the home of Serlena Britt, 909 W. Beardsley Ave., C.

Urbana council to take up property issue

URBANA – The rooming house at 809 W. Main St. has clearly seen better days.

From the street, the front porch roof looks as though it would be dangerous for anyone to walk on it. A couch and a bicycle on the front porch give the building a rooming-house feel.

Family, friends help as Arcola man keeps moving forward

ARCOLA – The man is a driver.

He grew up on a family farm in Mount Zion, driving tractors and farm trucks.

Next, he moved to semitrailer trucks, going on long-haul nationwide runs for a variety of companies.

Tuscola church plans to start after-school latchkey program

TUSCOLA – On any given afternoon, classrooms at the Tuscola United Methodist Church are quiet and dark.

But if all goes according to plan, next year they'll be lit up and bustling with activity, as the church embarks on its new after-school latchkey program.

Program logo to be painted on water tower

DANVILLE – Officials are taking a new Vermilion County work force development logo to new heights – 150 feet, to be exact.

This week, Aqua Illinois' blue water tower that stretches high above Eastgate Drive off Lynch Road gets a new coat of paint and a new logo that promotes local pride.

Sheriff seeks suspect in bank robbery

Champaign County Crimestoppers and the sheriff's office are seeking help in solving a bank robbery in Broadlands.

About noon May 18, an unknown man entered the Broadlands Community Bank in the 200 block of South Lincoln Street and demanded money from a teller. The man got an undetermined amount of cash and ran north from the bank, then possibly left the area in a dark green Volkswagen convertible.

Area families struggle to find life after a soldier's death

Connie Bickers gave me simple directions to her house in St. Joseph, but the country roads in central Illinois all look the same and in the pitch black of a winter evening I get lost. I find her house when I see a memorial road sign labeled "Cory Hubbell Way." The sign was dedicated last October by Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn in honor of Bickers' son, who died while serving in Kuwait in 2003. He is the reason I'm here.

"Can I show you Cory's room?" Connie asks, leading me into a space filled floor to ceiling with memorabilia from her son's life. Awards and recognitions, his Army boots and his uniforms, an old football he tossed around in the desert signed by members of his unit, memorial quilts knitted by military mothers to honor his service, and Connie's collection of at least 30 angels that she began assembling after Cory's death at 20 years old.

Paxton teen hurt in crash

URBANA – A Paxton teenager was recovering Sunday from injuries he received in a single-car accident in rural Ford County on Friday afternoon.

Mark A. Zook, 18, of Paxton, was listed in fair condition Sunday evening at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.