Danville child care program's pending closure shocks families

DANVILLE – About 60 Vermilion County families are scrambling to find new child care services after learning on Tuesday morning that theirs will close later this month.

The Center for Children's Services announced it will close its Early Learning Center at 702 N. Logan Ave., Danville, on June 26 for financial reasons.

Carle Clinic discounting prices on employee screenings

URBANA – Carle Clinic is offering local businesses a little recession relief.

The clinic's occupational-medicine department has begun reducing the prices of employee physicals and drug screenings, and plans to keep the discounts in effect through Dec. 31.

Alloy Engineering & Casting workers get week of furlough

CHAMPAIGN – Alloy Engineering & Casting and its parent company, Wirco, have furloughed their entire work force for a week as a result of the sluggish economy.

The furlough affects about 65 employees at Alloy Engineering's plant in Champaign and about 26 employees at Wirco's fabrication facility in Avilla, Ind., said Wirco President Chad Wright.

Drugs, gun figure in Urbana man's court case

URBANA – An Urbana man arrested Monday morning for allegedly having about 2½ pounds of cannabis and a gun in his home is due back in court with his own attorney later this month.

Wyatt Percival, 25, of the 2300 block of Lantern Hill Drive, was charged Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court with armed violence and possession with intent to deliver cannabis for allegedly having a gun and more than 1,200 grams of cannabis in his home Monday morning.

Native grasses, flowers part of new 10,000-square-foot garden

URBANA – Prairie plants are making a comeback at the University of Illinois.

At its South Lincoln Avenue home, the College of Veterinary Medicine's Basic Sciences Building is now surrounded by 8,000 seedlings of the plants that were there before the plow broke the sod.

In the next few weeks, another 2,000 grasses and flowers will be planted.

Fairmount-Sidell road takeover proposal rejected

DANVILLE – Indianola resident Linda Rosnett wouldn't mind paying more in local property taxes if it meant that the deteriorating Fairmount-to-Sidell highway she often drives would be rebuilt.

But the Vermilion County Board turned down an offer Tuesday night to get the highway fixed. The state, which currently maintains the road, would give the county $4.5 million to rebuild it if the county then assumed ownership, which means the county would thereafter be responsible for its maintenance.

Authorities working together on possible connected robberies

URBANA – University of Illinois police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on campus late Saturday night that could be related to one that happened shortly after in an Urbana residential neighborhood.

Sometime between 11 and 11:20 p.m., a man walking alone in the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Urbana near the Stock Pavilion was approached by someone who asked for money while holding what appeared to be a handgun.

Many Westville streets will get upgrades this summer

WESTVILLE – About a dozen village streets will receive a face-lift this summer as part of a street-resurfacing program.

Westville Village Board members voted Tuesday to have Daniel L. Ribbe Trucking Inc. of Tilton perform about $63,700 worth of improvements.

Bond set for Champaign 17-year-old in drug case

CHAMPAIGN – Bond has been set at $20,000 for a Champaign teen charged with unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

According to a police report, Champaign police arrested Benjamin Sayles, 17, who listed an address in the 1300 block of North Market Street, Champaign.

Champaign teen facing court date on burglary charges

URBANA – A Champaign teen is due back in court later this month with a lawyer after being charged with residential burglary.

Kavurante Pettigrew, 17, who listed an address in the 1300 block of North Clock Street, is accused of entering the home of a person living in the 1700 block of Sandra Street in Champaign on Jan. 10 intending to steal.