State bars Medicaid residents from nursing home

URBANA – The Champaign County Nursing Home cannot accept Medicare or Medicaid residents, and has been paying a $200-a-day fine since Jan. 16, when a patient was injured.

On top of losses of around $100,000 a month, the facility has until July 16 to get back into substantial compliance, said Susan Hofer, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Rantoul to begin new adminstrator search

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Village Board has begun a new search to fill the vacant village administrator position.

Rantoul Mayor Neal Williams confirmed Friday that the village board was unable to reach an agreement with any of its finalists. The village will advertise for candidates to apply for the position within the next 30 days.

Barrel racer an inspiration to those with MS

GIFFORD – In 1991, doctors told Laura Kimball to quit her job at a tractor supply store, give up riding horses and prepare for a life in a wheelchair.

Kimball said she was shocked to learn she had multiple sclerosis, a chronic and often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.

Monticello teacher mentoring project planned

Carissa Young started her first job, as a White Heath kindergarten teacher, the day before school began.

It didn't leave her much time to learn the ropes.

Urbana panel votes against rezoning petition

URBANA – A proposal by developer Howard Wakeland to rezone nearly an entire residential block along North Lincoln Avenue should be rejected, the plan commission recommended Thursday.

Plan commission members voted 3-2 to recommend denial of Wakeland's zoning request. The petition now goes to the city council for decision on June 2.

Teen accused of battery after fight near Centennial

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign teenager is accused of punching another teen in the face, breaking his jaw, in a fight near Centennial High School.

On Thursday, Judge Heidi Ladd found there was probable cause for a juvenile delinquency petition accusing the youth of aggravated battery. She set a status hearing in the case for May 29. The judge also ordered that the 16-year-old Champaign male be held in the Champaign County Youth Detention Center pending further court hearings.

Man got many kids started on the right foot

CHAMPAIGN – He measured each fidgety little foot with patience and a smile, and even the crankiest children brought to his store for a new pair of shoes were won over by his gentle demeanor and the toys he kept just for them.

Is it any wonder Andy Pomakoy was also one of the world's best dads?

Board OKs settlement of fine from state

URBANA – The Champaign County Board voted with little discussion Thursday night to settle a fine from the state on its nursing home.

But the real drama may have been behind closed doors, as the board met in closed session for more than 90 minutes to discuss another nursing home legal problem, which board members declined to specify after the meeting.

Homer school board reviews plans for two gyms

HOMER – Two future gyms moved a step closer to reality in the Heritage school district.

On Wednesday, the school board reviewed architectural drawings of the two future gymnasiums, one to be built at each of the district's two schools. The projected $3 million improvements were funded by bonds issued in March.

Amended Shiloh budget to be 'close' to balanced

HUME – Shiloh school district will amend this year's budget about a week before the fiscal year ends.

The school board approved a tentative amended budget earlier this week, but the amendment can't be finalized until after a budget hearing scheduled for June 23.