Falling bricks at courthouse give employees a scare

URBANA – Shellee Fuss had just sat down at her desk and fired up her computer about 8 a.m. Wednesday when she got a jolt without the benefit of caffeine.

"The ceiling fell," said the secretary in the state's attorney's office on the second floor of the Champaign County Courthouse. "Three bricks came down. I left immediately and looked for (First Assistant State's Attorney) Steve (Ziegler.)"

Info sought on theft, attempted robbery in Danville

DANVILLE – Danville police are seeking the public's help in solving a theft and an attempted robbery that occurred on Tuesday.

The theft occurred around 4:15 a.m. at the United Community Bank, 821 N. Vermilion St.

Urbana school board members evaluating facilities report

URBANA – The Urbana school district could have a plan in place this fall for where it will house its early childhood program in the future.

The board began talking at its meeting Tuesday about a facilities report it received last month. Board members agreed replacing the decrepit Washington School was their top priority. And the sooner, the better.

'Block Party' scheduled for seniors, teens in Danville

DANVILLE – The Teen REACH program and CRIS Senior Services are collaborating on an intergenerational "Block Party" set for 3 to 7 p.m. June 25 in the 300 block of North Franklin Street between Seminary and Madison streets.

Activities will include a watermelon-eating contest, wheelchair races, bingo, face painting, dance contests, a hula-hoop contest, music, food and raffles.

Dr. Howard principal search down to 1 candidate

CHAMPAIGN – The lone finalist for the Dr. Howard principal job has spent most of her career in Florida, but is an Illinois native.

Heritage district again shopping for architectural firm

HOMER – The Heritage school board will switch architectural firms for its new gymnasium and cafeteria projects again this month, after it came to light that recently hired Controlled Technology Solutions (CTS) of St. Louis does not employ an architect on its design team. School code requires building plans be designed by an architect, said Superintendent Andrew Larson.

Savoy surprised at Champaign's turnaround on deal

SAVOY – Champaign aldermen surprised Savoy officials Tuesday when they voted 5-3 against an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Savoy and the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District for the engineering of a sewer at Church Street and Interstate 57.

According to village Manager Richard Helton, the agreement – which he said has been in the works since last October – was recommended by Champaign's staff and mayor and was expected to pass.

Mahomet man still hospitalized after accident in Fisher

FISHER – A Mahomet man remained hospitalized Wednesday evening with serious injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision at an unmarked intersection south of Fisher Tuesday evening.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Coffey said the collision occurred at the intersection of County Roads 800 E and 2550 N, about 5 miles south of Fisher, at 5 p.m.

Rough Champaign railroad crossing to be removed

CHAMPAIGN – One of the bumpiest railroad crossings in town is going away for good.

Three streets on the north side of downtown Champaign will be temporarily closed next week to allow work crews to make railroad-crossing improvements, including the removal of the southern track across Neil Street.

Section of Champaign road will be closed for work

CHAMPAIGN – Motorists driving on Williamsburg Drive will need to take alternate routes next week.

Work crews from AmerenIP will be closing Williamsburg Drive from Mattis Avenue to Summit Ridge Road to relocate a gas main.