Georgetown council OKs insulating community center's attic

GEORGETOWN – The attic area of the community center will receive some insulation in the coming months, Alderman Tom Smith said Monday.

Georgetown City Council members voted Monday to purchase 450 bags of insulation and to rent a blower from Carter Lumber of Westville for a total cost of about $2,700.

Work begun to connect dead-end water lines in Catlin

CATLIN – Work has begun on a project to connect two dead-end water main lines on the southwest part of the village, and will likely continue for the next few weeks.

Catlin Village Board member Barry Voorhees said Tuesday that the water line that currently stops at the west end of Allison Street and the one that currently stops at the south end of Martin Court will be connected by a new, 600-foot-long, 4-inch-diameter line.

Champaign council approves settlement in police shooting

CHAMPAIGN – City council members unanimously approved Tuesday paying a $100,000 lawsuit settlement to a Champaign man who was shot in the thigh by a police officer after he refused police orders to drop a long-barreled BB gun.

In return, 65-year-old Larry Martin and his wife, Barbara, agreed to drop a civil lawsuit he had brought against the city for the Aug. 27, 2006, shooting at Martin's residence at 4114 Crail Road.

Bankers say many homeowners refinancing as rates drop

MAHOMET – Madeline Hoeft watched mortgage rates fall and saved more than $300 a month on her house payment by refinancing.

"It pays to watch the market," said Hoeft, who bought a home at Mahomet's Lakes at Riverbend subdivision four years ago.

Champaign officials to decide on settlement in shooting

CHAMPAIGN – The city council will vote tonight on whether to pay a $100,000 settlement to a Champaign man who was shot in the groin by a police officer after the man refused police orders to drop a long-barreled BB gun.

Larry Martin was injured on Aug. 27, 2006, after he refused police orders to drop the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun he was carrying. Martin had been sitting on his front porch at 4114 Crail Road about 12:30 a.m., watching for vandals who had egged his house the night before. Police had received a report of a man with a gun or rifle.

C-U MTD likely to get $2.75 million in stimulus money

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is likely to get $2.75 million under a preliminary stimulus package award.

MTD's managing director, Bill Volk, said the federal stimulus package requires using half the money within 180 days, and the district will work toward that by buying up to 12 vans to transport disabled people.

Larger role expected for Alamo plant in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY – There will be "a larger role" for Alamo Group's manufacturing plant in Gibson City with the announced reorganization of the company's nationwide parts distribution, but the exact nature of that role has not been defined.

The new distribution structure will be put into action over a 90-day period and "additional staffing requirements are being evaluated," according to a company statement released Monday. Alamo officials in Gibson City declined to give specifics about employment numbers.

Mansfield officials discuss chronic flooding problems

MANSFIELD – Trustees and village residents discussed the chronic problem of flooding Monday evening.

Trustee Jeff Lindenbaum asked his fellow trustees if they agreed with hiring a contractor to clean Madden Run, east of McKinley Street to North Street in town, to help alleviate some of the flooding.

Professor, activist to be at UI next week

URBANA – School reform activist, education scholar and former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers will be a Unit One/Allen Hall guest-in-residence next week.

He will speak each night of his residency. All events are open to the public and take place in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory St., U.

Man gets 75 years for role in St. Joseph home invasion

URBANA – Robert and Diane Rigdon have struggled not to let an attack by four men in their St. Joseph home almost a year ago change them. But they told a judge Monday the ordeal shook their ability to ever feel comfortable in their own home, business or skin again.

"The worry never ends. I have had nightmares, flashbacks and fear is constant," Robert Rigdon, 71, wrote in his victim impact statement, considered by Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd on Monday before she sentenced Jamal Williams to 75 years in prison for home invasion, armed robbery and residential burglary for the May 1, 2008, attack on the Rigdons.