It's your business: Scrapbook store gets new look, owners

D&P Scrapbooking will open Monday at 901-B S. Neil St. in Champaign.

If that address rings a scrapbook bell, it's because Scrap and Stamp Art used to be there. It was sold to Diane Pittman of Urbana and Pam Harrison of rural Thomasboro, who have remodeled and renamed the store.

Historic district on Urbana City council agenda

URBANA – Whether to create a historic district in the 800 block of West Main Street will top the agenda of the city council Monday night.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

State prisoner pleads guilty to federal charges

URBANA – A former Danville man already in state prison for a drug conviction faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison for drug conspiracy and weapons charges.

Terrance Bryant, 23, currently serving a 16-year sentence on a Livingston County charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Urbana to charges of conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of powder cocaine and possession of firearms in drug trafficking.

Piatt County's switch to back-up call center faces delays

PIPER CITY – It may be mid-November before a new back-up call center in Piatt County to replace the service provided by the Gibson City Police Department is up and running.

The changeover was delayed another 30 days this week. It originally was expected in mid-September.

New planning commission director starts Nov. 13

URBANA – An Illinois native who has worked all over the nation is the new director of Champaign County's Regional Planning Commission.

Cameron Moore, the executive director of the National Association of Regional Councils, a Washington, D.C., group that represents entities like the commission, will start at the county Nov. 13.

Schools prepare to add daily moment of silence

When Champaign schoolchildren begin observing a moment of silence at the start of the school day, it will be preceded by a phrase talking about a common purpose, Champaign Superintendent Arthur Culver said.

Culver and other school officials learned Friday that schools will be required to observe a moment of silence, after both houses of the Illinois Legislature overrode Gov. Rod Blagojevich's veto of a bill mandating it. Schools were already allowed to observe a moment of silence, but it was not required.

Champaign school board looks to future spending projects

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board just gave final approval to its current budget last month. But it will begin talking about how it might spend the money in next year's budget when it meets Monday.

Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas proposed last month that board members present ideas of programs they would like to see the school district offer – such as expanded foreign language classes – beginning early in the budget process.

Murder suspect took his case to the Web

During four-and-a-half months of investigation and searches for Naomi Arnette, her estranged husband told investigators he had been to her home the morning she disappeared but she wasn't there.

And Robert Arnette didn't just tell authorities that story – he posted it on a CourtTV message board dedicated to his estranged, missing wife.

Fair breaks cultural barriers, teaches understanding with fun

URBANA – Apparently, the rhythm is gonna get you.

That's how it appeared Friday at University Laboratory High School's Cultural Fair, where West African dancer Djibril Camara led first a half dozen, then several dozen, then about a hundred Uni students in a dance from his native land.

After-school program focuses on clean water issues

CHAMPAIGN – A couple of weeks ago, 8-year-old Musonda Chansa didn't know what an ecosystem was. But now he thinks what he's been learning about the animals that live in different ecosystems is pretty cool.

"Some frogs in the rainforest sometimes live in a certain type of leaf. It's kind of like a day care center when they're growing up," Musonda said.