Woman injured in crash on Illinois 47

GIBSON CITY – A Plano woman is in serious condition after a crash on Illinois 47 early Sunday morning.

Christine Bott was traveling south on the highway near County Road 750 N in Ford County north of Gibson City when she failed to negotiate a curve, according to an Illinois State Police press release.

Many small towns unable to get emergency sirens

CAMARGO – When serious storms and emergencies hit Douglas County, residents in some areas of the county may not be alerted to coming trouble by outdoor warning systems.

That's because warning systems aren't required or funded by the state, and many rural towns can't afford warning sirens.

New ag teacher looks forward to 'great adventure'

MAHOMET – Even though school doesn't start until August, Mahomet-Seymour High School teacher Jennifer Wherley is getting comfortable in her new position.

Wherley took over Mahomet-Seymour's agriculture program July 1 and has been getting acquainted with her new students and the programs they participate in, including area fairs and their feed store at the high school.

Champaign school board to start discussing facilities plan

CHAMPAIGN – More than a year after voters rejected a bond proposal that would have built three new schools in Champaign and renovated others, the Champaign school board is again beginning to look at its building needs.

The board will talk about how it will develop a long-range facilities plan when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

Closing date for Collins & Aikman plants to be Aug. 31

RANTOUL – Collins & Aikman has announced its three Rantoul auto-parts plants will close and workers will be laid off by the end of August.

Employees will be laid off from Aug. 17 through Aug. 31, and the plant will close its doors permanently Aug. 31, wrote Collins & Aikman Executive Vice President Mark Leyda in a letter to Pat Gleason, the president of Teamsters Local 26. The letter was dated Friday.

DACC board chairwoman elected secretary of state group

DANVILLE – A Danville Area Community College official has been elected as secretary of the Illinois Community College Trustees' Association.

Vickie Miller, chairwoman of the DACC board, was elected unanimously during the association's annual Board of Representatives meeting in June. Her one-year term began on July 1.

Danville unit's chief ready to lead

DANVILLE – With a background in criminal investigations, community-oriented poli-cing, and drug enforcement, Danville Police Sgt. John Thompson is ready to take the helm of the city's latest crime-fighting endeavor – problem-oriented policing.

Thompson was recently selected to head up the new unit, which will include three veteran police officers. Allotting about $136,000, the city council approved the creation of the unit in April after Ward 4 Alderwoman Nancy O'Kane began to push for it during budget talks.

Four local men taking to roads, water for charity

They weren't born triathletes.

In fact, several years ago, they weren't as active as they used to be, and they were a little on the heavy side.

It's your business: Sub shop trying campus location

Penn Station East Coast Subs plans to expand to Champaign's Campustown.

A new shop will open in September at 605 S. Sixth St., right next to Flat Top Grill, said Garth Ries, the managing franchise owner.

Campus Rec program all about making strides

Not long after launching the Million Step Challenge, the University of Illinois Campus Recreation staff faced a problem.

"A good problem," said Erik Riha, who works in marketing for Campus Recreation.