Danville grads take role in school district planning

DANVILLE – Planning for Danville schools takes a new tack in the next few months, beginning this week when two Danville High School graduates lead a focus group of their peers.

It's Your Business: Consignment sale coming to town

Another consignment sale is coming to East Central Illinois.

Belle of the Ball will sell gently used formal dresses during the next three months in advance of the spring prom season.

Hospitals giving more, but demand also is rising

MATTOON – It used to be Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System could expect about 200 patients a month applying for charity care.

Then, about midsummer 2009, it started to be more like 300 a month.

County ready to start mental health court

URBANA – After years of being resistant to the notion, Champaign County's judiciary is ready to launch a mental health court.

"The state's not helping us out at all. Its time has come," said Presiding Judge Tom Difanis of the need for the county to offer more resources to people whose crimes are linked to mental illness.

Inventor, inspired by son, updates safety game

CHARLESTON – A former Charleston woman who invented a children's board game 25 years ago has resurrected the game online after her son's death.

Linda Young created the Bee Safe or Bee Sorry Game to teach kids how to keep themselves safe.

At the time, her son, Brian, was about kindergarten-age, and she wanted him and his friends to learn safety rules.

Mental health group meets once a month

The Champaign County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness meets monthly at Community Elements in downtown Champaign.

Chapter president Diane Zell said the group meets on the second Monday of each month at the 202 W. Park Ave., C, office.

Urbana considering study to alter two major intersections

URBANA – The city may hire a consulting group to examine whether roundabouts are a viable option for two major Urbana intersections.

Public Works director Bill Gray said the intersections – at Philo Road and Florida Avenue and at Race Street and Windsor Road – are approaching scheduled improvements within the next few years.

Parkland launches retail management classes

CHAMPAIGN – Mark Kesler has owned six Subway stores, three Chinese restaurants, a coffeehouse and a strip shopping center.

Autism trainer takes knowledge to India

In many ways, the autism training Erin Quarnstrom did in India in early December was not very different from what she does here.

The people she worked with in New Delhi had some knowledge of autism, of their children's abilities and needs, and of the issues with which they needed help.