Looking back at 1977 teachers strike in Danville

DANVILLE – Thirty-three years later, some issues haven't changed much, such as pay freezes and financial surpluses.

The last Danville teacher's strike, which took place in 1977, delayed the beginning of the school year for four days, according to news reports.

Dairy-farm runoff may have caused fish kill, state agency says

BELLFLOWER – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency investigators believe a rural Bellflower dairy farm is the likely source of runoff that killed an estimated 40,000 fish and an undetermined number of other creatures in central Illinois.

Christian health center seeks volunteers so it can expand hours

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Christian Health Center, which provides free medical care and prayer support to needy people without health insurance, is looking for more volunteers to expand its hours.

Downtown Champaign, campus agencies to discuss merger at reception

CHAMPAIGN – A reception will be held Wednesday evening to discuss a proposed merger of two business organizations.

The Campustown Business Group and Champaign Downtown Association have been considering establishing one association that would promote businesses and events from the Campustown area to downtown Champaign and all points in between.

Organic farm organizes singles event

URBANA – You've heard of speed dating. Now here comes weed dating.

Blue Moon Farm, an organic farm near Urbana, will have a weed dating event from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, for single gardeners and farmers interested in meeting that special someone.

Voorhees to close at bridge on Wednesday

DANVILLE – Voorhees Street will close to all traffic at the Voorhees Street bridge over Stoney Creek just west of Collett Street on Wednesday, according to the Danville Public Works Department.

Schools in Danville remain closed by strike

DANVILLE –  Danville schools will remain closed Tuesday to all students and most staff, and teachers and support staff will continue to walk the picket line as the Danville Education Association's strike enters its second day.

Loda animal control officer gives up post


LODA – Trustee Darrell Templeton resigned as the village's animal control officer last week, citing his frustration with the number of calls he had received from residents about loose animals in their yards.

Fisher imposes fee for seized vehicles

FISHER – The village board has joined other municipalities instituting a fee for seized vehicles.

Virtually all Ameren customers in Champaign have power back

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren reports that almost all electric customers in central Champaign have had their power restored.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said three main circuits in central Champaign went out at 4:55 p.m. Monday.

Two of the three had been re-energized by 5:45 p.m., restoring electricity for those customers, Morris said.