UI gets half-million-dollar grant for nuclear research

URBANA — The University of Illinois has won a $538,000 grant to help make nuclear power plants safer, longer-lasting and more efficient.

The U.S. Department of Energy research grant is focused on developing cutting-edge nuclear energy technologies and training and educating the next generation of leaders in the U.S. nuclear industry.

Higher trash fees up for discussion in Danville

DANVILLE — Danville residents could pay more for garbage and yard-waste pickup starting in April.

But a city official says the service would still be a bargain.

Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said his department is proposing a multiyear fee increase to help offset the rising costs of the solid-waste collection operation.

Carle makes promised donation of land for new Y

CHAMPAIGN — Carle has transferred 11 acres at the Champaign County YMCA's new construction site in southwest Champaign to the Y.

The planned land donation, announced several years ago, is valued at $1.6 million.

In addition, Carle covered about $200,000 in costs related to engineering, permits and storm water detention work at the site.

'Stuff the Bus' drive for supplies set

CHAMPAIGN — It's time once again to stuff the bus, but leave the pencils and gluesticks at home this year.

The second annual "Stuff the Bus!" drive to collect supplies for Champaign County social service agencies will begin next week, culminating in the actual stuffing of the bus(es) on Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

Water main repairs will restrict Green, Bradley

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois American Water will have one eastbound and one westbound lane of Bradley Avenue, just east of Fifth Street, closed for the next few days to repair a water line break.

The lanes should reopen by Wednesday.

UI-Springfield finalizes course transfer agreements

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois-Springfield has finalized transfer agreements with four community colleges in Illinois, including Parkland.

The new agreements are also with Illinois Valley Community College (Oglesby), Lake Land College (Mattoon), and Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville).

Road work set in Urbana

URBANA — Work on a couple of city streets this month means a bit of disruption in traffic.

East Colorado Avenue between Kathryn Street and South Stone Creek Boulevard closed to through traffic on Thursday for the installation of a water main. Weather permitting, it should reopen Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


— 1000 block of South Duncan Road: License plate stolen Wednesday.

— 2400 block of High View Court: Attempted break-in of a home Tuesday.

— 200 block of West Beardsley Avenue: Athletic equipment stolen from a yard Tuesday.

Cause still unknown in Villa Grove fire

VILLA GROVE — Firefighters in Villa Grove used a high hoe Thursday to get to hot spots in the ruins of a 100-year-old building in the city's business district destroyed by fire Wednesday night.

Hoopeston man's death by train under investigation

UPDATED 4:10 p.m. Thursday

DANVILLE — A Hoopeston man who was struck by a train in Rossville early Thursday morning died from multiple injuries, an autopsy confirmed.

Derek A. Rutledge, 28, was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m., according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.