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G-RF's open-campus lunch policy under review

GEORGETOWN – School officials are reviewing the open-campus policy at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School, and may vote next month to keep students on campus during lunchtime.

On Monday, Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board members heard a report from Terri Tate, the assistant principal at the high school, about the campus policies at nearby schools.


Rantoul unable to help social service agencies again this year

RANTOUL – For most of the years since Chanute Air Force Base closed, Rantoul's community development department has helped the poor, elderly and many of the people most hurt by the loss of the base.

But social service agencies in Rantoul won't be receiving a penny of community development money for the second consecutive year.


Man admits having sex with underage girl

URBANA – A Watseka man who admitted he traveled to another state to have sex with a girl he met on the Internet is set to be sentenced in April.

Michael Baker, 22, pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Court Judge Michael McCuskey to traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct.


Champaign City Council looking at Boneyard issue again

CHAMPAIGN – Some city council members are having second thoughts about the $20.3 million Boneyard stormwater detention project, known as the Second Street Reach, that they endorsed in a straw poll earlier this month.

At least two council members, Mayor Jerry Schweighart and Michael La Due, have indicated they'll switch their votes this Tuesday and back a cheaper, $17.8 million alternative that relies on above-ground detention of stormwater for the area west of Second Street between Springfield and University avenues.


Tolono police given authority to train officers on Tasers

TOLONO – The Tolono Police Department does not have Tasers, but officers can now train to use them.

The village board last week voted to allow police Chief Rick Raney to start getting his officers trained to use the stun guns.


Teen arrested in identity theft case

URBANA – An Urbana teen has been arrested in connection with identity theft at the Urbana Free Library.

Police say James Solomon Thomas, 17, who listed an address in the 900 block of South Lanore Drive, stole documents from the library that contained personal identification information from library patrons.


Fire damages two-story home in Rantoul

RANTOUL – Fire destroyed a house undergoing renovations in Rantoul on Sunday, but no one was injured.

The two-story house at 409 E. Sangamon Ave. was unoccupied. It had recently been purchased by Ray Luttrell, who was fixing it up, said Fire Chief Ken Waters.


Admissions pact between DACC and EIU up for approval

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College students soon could have an easier time transferring to Eastern Illinois University.

That would occur under a dual admission transfer agreement between DACC and EIU, which DACC trustees will consider approving on Tuesday.


UI study finds two vegetables team up on cancer

Broccoli and tomatoes have shown cancer-fighting qualities in a number of studies, but a new University of Illinois study indicates that they work even better together in curtailing the growth of prostate cancer.

UI doctoral candidate Kirstie Canene-Adams, the lead author of the study, and food science and human nutrition professors John Erdman and Elizabeth Jeffery fed a mix of powder made from whole broccoli and tomatoes to rats given prostate cancer.


Danville to reissue bid requests for parking garage stairwells

DANVILLE – City officials are planning to reissue a request for bids within the next two weeks, after evidence was removed from a city parking garage where 17-year-old Charles Christopher Gaston was killed last year.

Earlier this month, a Vermilion County judge allowed plaintiff Charles Gaston Jr. 90 days to remove and preserve evidence from the stairwell. Gaston filed a lawsuit against the city shortly after his son's death on April 5.


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