Man gets 15 years for eighth felony drug conviction

URBANA — A southern Illinois man with a history of drug-related convictions has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his latest.

Urbana man charged with drug possession

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly had crack cocaine in his car and his home has been charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with a felony.

Dana Angelo Hughes, 24, who listed an address in the 2700 block of South Myra Ridge Drive, was stopped on July 11 by University of Illinois police for an alleged traffic violation in the 1100 block of South Anderson Street in Urbana.

Pet of the Week Beck

Beck is a friendly and talkative 2 year and 4 month old neutered gray Russian Blue mix, available at the Champaign County Humane Society. 

Urbana teen accused of selling cocaine

URBANA — An Urbana teen accused of selling cocaine near a city park in Champaign is due back in court next month.

Wardell Dockery, 17, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Romine Street, was charged Wednesday with possession with intent to deliver cocaine for allegedly selling three-tenths of a gram of cocaine to an informant working with Urbana police on July 7.

Danville youth's final days reconstructed

DANVILLE — Travis Messenger began the last day of his life as a runaway.

Earlier this month, the 12-year-old Danville boy who died Monday in a one-vehicle accident near Westville was placed with a foster family in Urbana. After less than a week in foster care, Travis ran away.

Westville board approves teacher contract


WESTVILLE -- School officials on Wednesday approved a three-year contract with the teachers' union that includes salary increases for certified staff of just under 3 percent each year.

Champaign schools part of cloud-computing consortium for record backup

CHAMPAIGN — It used to take days to back up all the information stored on the Champaign school district's servers.

Email, teachers' materials, student work — all of it was backed up in pieces over three to four days, and stored off-site on tapes.

Now that same information is backed up overnight and stored remotely, saving time and money.

Champaign branch of Centrue Bank sold to Marine

CHAMPAIGN — Centrue Bank has agreed to sell its Champaign branch to Springfield-based Marine Bank, which already has an office in southwest Champaign.

"Our second branch location in the Champaign-Urbana market will make it even more convenient for our customers to fulfill their banking needs," Marine Bank CEO Chris Zettek said in a release.

Rantoul man charged in sexual assault

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child for allegedly molesting a toddler in Rantoul last weekend.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the female victim, who is under the age of 6, was at the home of Devin Miller, 29, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Juniper Drive, and his wife, on Saturday.

MTD board approves contract with Champaign schools

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board approved a new contract Wednesday with the Champaign Unit 4 school district to carry middle and high school students for the coming academic year.