Volunteers pump gas for seniors, disabled

WESTVILLE – The last thing most people would do on a freezing winter day with a minus-20-degree windchill is stand outside and pump gas – for other people.

And not for pay, or even a donation.

'Green' residence hall grows in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Back in the fall of 2006, when McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation staff sat down and began planning for a new residence hall, they put together a list of non-negotiable items.

Number One: It must be a green building.

Cemetery, hospital fined for disposal of body parts violations

DANVILLE – The Resurrection Catholic Cemetery Association and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville will pay a $100,000 fine for environmental code violations stemming from the improper handling and disposal of human body parts at the cemetery more than five years ago.

The Illinois Pollution Control Board in December accepted stipulation and settlement agreements between the Illinois attorney general's office and the cemetery and hospital. It also ordered the two local organizations to share in the fine and "cease and desist" from further violations, which a hospital spokeswoman said happened a long time ago.

Governor calls on other coal states

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich is reaching out to governors of other coal states for support of one FutureGen power plant, while the Department of Energy still says it wants to reorganize the project.

Blagojevich sent a letter Thursday to governors of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania , Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming, asking them to voice concern about delays for the plant and talk of restructuring the project.

State's attorney candidate resigns from county board

DANVILLE – A candidate for Vermilion County state's attorney has resigned his seat on the Vermilion County Board, because he has accepted a new job as an assistant public defender at the Vermilion County Courthouse.

Bill Donahue's resignation is effective today, leaving a vacancy in District 7. He starts Monday as an assistant in the office of Vermilion County Public Defender Bob McIntire.

Disaster mobilizes family

DANVILLE – What began as a doublewide mobile home grew over the 42 years Willard and Arlene Sapp lived in the house on Murray Clark Road.

On Tuesday, the couple just "ran down the road" to their son's house, leaving their oldest daughter and a granddaughter at home. Then they got the call that their house was on fire.

Woman denies theft from PTA fundraisers

DANVILLE – A 32-year-old Danville woman on Thursday pleaded innocent to felony charges stemming from a theft of funds raised by the Liberty Elementary School parent-teacher association.

Holly A. Pasquale, who listed an address in the 2100 block of Greenwood Cemetery Road, was charged with two counts of theft over $300, a Class 3 felony. Prosecutors said she stole between $300 and $10,000 in PTA money.

Coroner releases name of man killed in collision

DANVILLE – Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson released the identity of a 59-year-old Oakwood man killed in a car-bicycle accident Wednesday evening.

Robin E. Bottenfield suffered massive and severe blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:51 p.m.

Appellate court rules in favor of McGinty

SPRINGFIELD – Champaign County Board member Brendan McGinty will be on the Feb. 5 primary ballot, an appellate court ruled 3-0 today.

But Ruth Wyman, the attorney for Richard Reynolds of Urbana, who challenged the Urbana Democrat's petitions, said she'll file immediately for a rehearing based on what she described as errors of the law, and will consider an Illinois Supreme Court challenge.

Four Democrats vying for county board seat in District 6

Four Democrats want to be the party's candidate for Champaign County Board District 6.

Eva Jehle, Pattsi Petrie, Giraldo Rosales and Wayne Williams are vying for the four-year term in Feb. 5's primary contest.