State grant paying for Douglas County recycling program

Douglas County residents will have a new electronic recycling program starting Tuesday.

The program, sponsored on a pilot basis by the Lincoln Heritage Resource Conservation and Development Council, will provide recycling every two months in Arcola, Arthur, Atwood, Tuscola, Villa Grove and Newman.

Champaign County Court roundup

URBANA – The following criminal cases were resolved in Champaign County this week:

– Charnell Brown, 26, of Decatur, was sentenced to 5½ years in prison for aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.

Rantoul panel suggests upping spending on social services

RANTOUL – The village plans to increase spending on social services to help children, low-income residents, black teen parents and senior citizens.

The Rantoul Citizens Advisory Committee has recommended increasing spending for social services from $35,000 in 2008 to $40,977 and increasing its allocation for emergency home repairs from $276,055 to $342,027.

Musical event to be cat-friendly fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN – Feline-friendly musicians will take the stage today at Mike & Molly's to raise money for the Champaign Area Trap, Spay/Neuter and Adoption Program.

The volunteer organization provides spay/neuter assistance to low-income families; trap, neuter and return programs for feral cats; and foster and adoption services for stray and special needs cats.

Subway beam gives way, injures two in Danville

DANVILLE – Danville police and public works officials still are trying to determine what caused a support beam to break loose from the Fairchild Street subway and fall onto two vehicles Friday morning.

Taverns cited for breaking rules on minors, happy hours

URBANA – Three bars in Urbana were cited by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission for serving alcohol to minors and a fourth was cited for breaking rules on happy hours.

Urbana police and state liquor control agents conducted a joint detail on Feb. 21, according to Urbana police Lt. Anthony Cobb. Working with an underage confidential source, the authorities inspected 13 licensed establishments with nine passing the inspection, he said.

Cuts reduce hours of clerks' services at Danville P.D.

DANVILLE – Anyone who wants to file a complaint with police after 11 p.m. at the Danville Public Safety Building will have to come back after 6:45 a.m., now that the city's personnel cuts have taken effect, eliminating the third-shift records clerks at the Danville police department.

It's one area where the public will notice a direct impact of the city's cuts that eliminated, effective Friday, 24 positions. The cuts were made to reduce the city's long-term expenses.

Two men accused in separate cases of aggravated battery

URBANA – Two men accused in separate cases of harming women are due back in Champaign County Circuit Court in April for tentative trials.

Bobby Thomas, 28, who listed an address on Columbia Avenue in Champaign, was arraigned Friday on a charge filed last year accusing him of aggravated battery to a 23-year-old woman. Thomas is alleged to have punched the woman and pushed her head into a steering wheel while they were in a parking lot on North Cunningham Avenue on Oct. 20. He had been wanted on a warrant for that.

Hospitals await payments from state assessment program

URBANA – Struggling Illinois hospitals will get a cash infusion over the next two weeks as payments from the state's new hospital assessment program start arriving.

Two get prison time for selling drugs

URBANA – Two Chicago men were sentenced to federal prison for selling drugs.

U.S. Central District of Illinois Chief Judge Michael McCuskey sentenced Donny L. Banton, 31, on Tuesday to 14 years and three months for conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine.