Three board members want annex's sandstone restored

DANVILLE – Three Vermilion County board members expressed their desire to see the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex building restored to its original sandstone exterior, but county officials are moving toward the cheaper option of restoring the stucco slipcover.

Board Member Orick "Corky" Nightlinger, D-District 5, told the county board property committee Monday night that he knows money is a concern, but he likes the sandstone look of the original building. Property committee members John Dreher, D-District 7, and Craig Chambers, R-District 6, agreed with Nightlinger, who is not a property committee member but attended the meeting to express his opinion.

Georgetown's warning siren has been repaired

GEORGETOWN – The warning siren that did not sound during a recent high-wind event in the city has been repaired, Mayor Darrell Acord told the Georgetown City Council on Monday.

Acord said that a windstorm that blew through the area more than two weeks ago caused the warning siren in Westville to sound, but not the one in Georgetown.

Danville native comes up with unique way to pacify your baby

People might not think a medical degree and a stint as a Tennessee Titan cheerleader would have prepared Danville native Monica Williams for her new career as an inventor, marketer and head of her own company.

While not using her medical education at this time, she has found that the principles are the same.

No one home when fire damages Pesotum garage

PESOTUM – Fire damaged a detached garage in Pesotum on Sunday afternoon.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said Pesotum firefighters and a sheriff's deputy were called to the home of Michael Stringer at 108 N. Chestnut St. about 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

State board evaluators want info on plan oversight

URBANA – The Illinois State Board of Education has spoken, and it has said ... maybe.

At the Urbana school board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Urbana High School restructuring plan will again be on the agenda, after the state board "gave comments back to have the board address," said Don Owen, Urbana's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Forum to focus on needs for work, economy, education

DANVILLE – The public is invited to discuss Illinois' economic, work force and education needs at a forum at Danville Area Community College on Thursday.

The forum – one of 17 that's being held at community colleges across the state – will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Vermilion Hall's Rooms 302 and 306, on DACC's campus, 2000 E. Main St.

Police seek leads on series of burglaries, theft in Champaign

Champaign County Crimestoppers and the Champaign County sheriff's office is seeking information on burglaries and a motor vehicle theft in the Lincolnshire Fields area in southwest Champaign.

Between May 26 and May 29, there were residential burglaries, vehicle burglaries and a vehicle theft between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Project to involve kids documenting life in Rantoul

RANTOUL – Young people enrolled in a summer learning project will use cameras to record the different aspects of daily life in Rantoul, while becoming more involved in the community.

It's part of a PhotoVoice project that will be included in a five-week Succeed, Organize, Advocate, Reflect program, called SOAR for short.

Drainage upgrades will raise tax bills in Pesotum

PESOTUM – Many homeowners on the west side of Pesotum could see their property taxes increase by $170 a year for the next 10 years to pay for proposed storm water drainage improvements.

The Pesotum Consolidated Drainage District, which includes most, but not all, of the land in Pesotum west of the Canadian National Railroad, has petitioned the courts to create a subdistrict that would include the portion of the district within the village limits.

Storm downs power lines, trees

AmerenIP was working this morning to restore power to homes that lost it during a late-afternoon storm Sunday.

Nearly 2,100 people in Urbana and about two dozen in Champaign were without power Sunday evening, according to Ameren's Web site. As of 7 a.m. today, 114 customers in Urbana and two in Champaign remained without electricity.