Researcher focuses on a disease detective

Ryan Bailey has this idea where you walk into your doctor's office for a routine checkup and get tested for early warning signs of cancer and other diseases about as easily as you get your temperature and blood pressure checked.

Not cancer in progress, mind you – although that would certainly show up, too – but the disease at its onset, before it becomes a problem and when it's a relatively simple matter to do something about it.

Po' Boys owner was reliable source of food, advice

CHAMPAIGN – Arnold Yarber was "Arnie" to football coaches, millionaires, scores of Champaign and Illini athletes, and untold thousands who loved his grandmother's barbeque recipe – hold the tomato sauce.

He'd wanted to be a chiropractor, and worked a number of jobs for the state and the University of Illinois, but most people knew him as the owner of Po' Boys, a restaurant on the north edge of downtown Champaign that had a cult following for more than half a century.

Scaring up tickets to Haunted Happenings not hard this year

DANVILLE – Ticket sales for the Vermilion County Conservation District's annual Haunted Happenings event have been a bit slow this year.

The evening of Halloween adventure began in 1996 and has evolved over the years.

Suspicious fires put Loda residents on edge

LODA – After a string of suspicious fires in this southern Iroquois County town, one resident can't help but wonder: What will be next?

"It's creepy," said Sue Gibson, a Loda resident. She's the owner of an Elm Street garage damaged in a suspicious fire earlier this month. It was one of 10 suspicious fires – six structural fires, two hay-bale fires and two grass fires – since Sept. 30.

State's atorney wants Clark's sentences to be consecutive

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County State's Attorney's office has filed a motion asking that former NBA player Keon Clark's sentence be clarified in relation to another prison sentence in Champaign County.

Last week, Clark, 32, of Danville, was sentenced in absentia in Vermilion County Circuit Court to two and a half years in prison for failing to have a firearm owner's identification card and for possessing drugs.

Loda officials could move curfew up to 7 p.m.

LODA – Village Board President Carol Arseneau said she would call a special meeting to adopt an even earlier curfew for children in Loda if the arson fires in town don't stop.

"I wouldn't be opposed to pulling it up to 7 o'clock," she said Monday, after the 10th suspicious fire since Sept. 30 was discovered around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Loda. "Even if there's one more, I'd be willing to try to pull it up."

Man convicted of child porn given 50 years

URBANA – An Urbana man convicted of child pornography and weapons-related offenses was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison.

"When individuals victimize our children, they do a tremendous disservice. They harm our society," Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis said in imposing the sentence on John Haywood, 46, who last lived in the 4300 block of East Airport Road, Urbana.

Township shed near Longview sees heavy fire damage

LONGVIEW – Fire investigators are searching for the cause of a fire that heavily damaged the Raymond Township Road District shed in Longview and a $65,000 truck inside on Friday night.

Raymond Township Road Commissioner Rick Davis said there was a second fire reported Sunday night about 9:30 p.m. that appeared to be suspicious.

Veto override lets TIF, subdivision go forward in Villa Grove

VILLA GROVE – Mayor Ron Hunt said legislative action to extend the city's tax increment financing district will be a huge help to the city.

On Thursday, the state Senate overrode Gov. Rod Blagojevich's veto of the extension. The House had already overridden the veto.

Champaign schools working to raise scores

CHAMPAIGN – Overall test scores from last year for students in the Champaign school district as a whole, and at each individual school, met federal requirements for progress under No Child Left Behind.

But some student groups did not meet the standards for making adequate yearly progress, required under the law. That means the district as a whole, Central and Centennial high schools, and Robeson Elementary School did not make the required progress for the last school year.