Central, Urbana alumni to be honored

The Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation will celebrate the accomplishments of two alumni at its sixth Annual Distinguished Alumni Luncheon on April 30.

The luncheon honors Scott Anderson, Champaign Central High School Class of 1977, and Stephen Van Arsdell, Urbana High School Class of 1968.

Roxann Bossenbroek of the foundation called both men "very accomplished."

The foundation noted that "Anderson's commitment to Champaign's public schools and his pro-bono dental work in the community and volunteer work in Malawi is impressive.

House OKs Black's legislation to extend sentences for child abuse

SPRINGFIELD – A bill drafted in response to the child-abuse death of a Vermilion County toddler four years ago was approved Tuesday by the Illinois House.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, would require a judge to impose an extended prison term if evidence found that the death of a child was the result of abuse.

The proposal, HB 6213, was approved, 112-3. It now moves to the state Senate.

Firm seeks public input on 2 design options for Danville underpass

DANVILLE – A Chicago-based engineering firm hired by the city will unveil two design options for replacement of the deteriorating Fairchild Street tunnel at a public meeting today.

City Engineer David Schnelle said both options are designed to take traffic on Fairchild Street over the multiple railroad lines rather than underneath, as the almost 100-year-old tunnel does today.

Urbana library to host fairy-tale ball

URBANA – People young and old dressed in ball gowns or armor and children dressed as their favorite fairy tale characters will again gather for a ball in Urbana.

Hosted for the third year by the Urbana Free Library, the Fairy Tale Ball is set for 6 to 9 p.m. April 9 at the library.

Kathy Wicks, associate director of the library, said more than 1,000 people have attended the event each of the first two years.

"Last year, we had more than 1,200 people over three hours," Wicks said.

3 candidates apply to represent District 5 on Champaign council

CHAMPAIGN – Three candidates will be vying for the vacant District 5 seat on the city council when council members convene in open session to interview the applicants on April 6.

The deadline to apply for the seat passed on Tuesday, and Peggy Wade, secretary to the mayor and the city council, confirmed that the city had received three applications from interested residents.

Champaign to study fee system to pay for drainage projects

CHAMPAIGN – Applause at city council meetings isn't all that uncommon – but it's made a bit more strange when attendees clap for a new fee that could be imposed on them.

That is what happened Tuesday night when the Champaign City Council voted 6-0 to move to the next steps in creating a storm water utility fee, a charge that would be collected from residences and businesses for the demand they put on the city's storm water drainage system.

Block of White Street to be closed for 5 days

CHAMPAIGN — One block of White Street in Champaign will be closed for five days next week while a sanitary sewer line is being repaired.

White Street will be closed between Fair Street and Victor Street beginning March 29 while work crews repair the line at 1605 W. White St. Through traffic will not be permitted, but local traffic will have access to properties in the area.

Drivers headed for properties west of the site should use the Victor Street side for access.

Man struck by 2 vehicles in Charleston

CHARLESTON — A Tuscola man who is attending Eastern Illinois University was injured Saturday evening after he was struck by two vehicles.

According to a police report, officers were called to the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, at 11:12 p.m. Saturday after getting a report that a pedestrian had been struck in traffic by a vehicle.

Police said that Alex T. Fitzjarrald, 23, who listed an address in Tuscola, ran from the scene and then ran in front of another vehicle in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, where he was struck again.

Urbana man faces up to 30 years in prison

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted having cocaine for sale more than a year ago faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced in May.

Cornelius Campbell, 26, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of Wiley Drive, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver controlled substance.

Section of North Market to be closed Wednesday

CHAMPAIGN — Drivers who use North Market Street in Champaign may need to find an alternate route on Wednesday.

The Norfolk Southern Railroad will temporarily close Market Street between Columbia Street and Eureka Street to patch a railroad crossing in the 600 block of North Market Street, weather permitting.

While through traffic will not be allowed, local traffic will continue to have access to properties in the area.

The closure, which is expected to last for two to three hours, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.