$500,000 South View plan OK'd

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed restructuring plan for South View Middle School, which comes with a price tag of about $500,000 the first year.

Board members also approved spending $200,000 of that amount on what officials call the key piece of the program, which aims to boost student achievement: hiring a professional educational consulting firm to improve the language arts curriculum and instruction.

Alderman Wright tapped as next Garfield principal

DANVILLE – DeMarko Wright is moving from administrative intern to top administrator of Garfield Elementary School.

Danville School Board members on Wednesday chose Wright to replace Principal Barbara Garner, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 33 years in education.

Judge adjourns Clark's latest trial until April

DANVILLE – Two years to the day after Vermilion County sheriff's deputies drew their guns on Keon Clark, his trial from the incident was started but not finished.

Sgt. David Trimmell testified during Clark's bench trial Wednesday that he told Clark more than once to put down the gun during an incident at the former NBA player's Danville home two years ago.

Judge: Suit against bank company can proceed

URBANA – A shareholders' lawsuit against the parent company of Central Illinois Bank is a step closer to going to trial.

In a case filed in 2005, several shareholders filed suit against CIB Marine Bancshares and its former president, J. Michael Straka, claiming they were misled about the bank holding company's financial health when they bought shares of its stock between 1999 and 2004.

Disabled-access sidewalk proposed for public health site

CHAMPAIGN – A proposed disabled-access sidewalk would make getting to Champaign-Urbana's public health facilities safer and easier.

With the new sidewalk in place, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's new Kenyon Road headquarters will be ready for not only walkers, but potentially bus service, said Julie A. Pryde, the acting public health administrator.

Work to cause I-57 delays

RANTOUL – Motorists can expect delays on Interstate 57 north of Champaign beginning later this month.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that pavement patching and bituminous resurfacing will be completed on I-57 between mile marker 236 (west of Champaign) and mile marker 251 (west of Rantoul).

Flood victims receive help

WATSEKA – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have established a toll-free telephone number for residents of Iroquois and Livingston counties who were affected by the floods in January and February.

Affected residents may register for assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, or by going online at, according to federal coordinating officer Larry Sommers and Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Velasquez III.

Bement superintendent retiring after 20 years of service

BEMENT – Darrell Stevens said he has seen a lot of changes during his 20 years as Bement school superintendent.

Declining enrollment, increased state requirements for testing, curriculum improvements and increased costs provided constant challenges for the small-town school district.

Drainage plan set to go around Monticello property

MONTICELLO – What began as a typical Monticello City Council session turned into a heated debate over an ongoing drainage project issue.

Steve Scheffler, a Monticello native, voiced his displeasure at the council meeting prior to the council's vote on a resolution that approved ordering material for a drainage project.

Rantoul sets aside funds to serve Latinos

RANTOUL – The village of Rantoul is joining Rantoul Township High School in doing its part to serve the community's rising Latino population.

The Rantoul Village Board voted 6-0 on Tuesday to approve an amendment to the village's community development plan.