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Fire officials seek cause of mobile home fire in Oakwood

OAKWOOD — Fire officials are still trying to determine the cause of a blaze that heavily damaged a mobile home on Wednesday evening.

Firefighters from the Oakwood, Kickapoo and FMC fire departments were called to the blaze at 267 Barbara Drive in Oakwood at 6:27 p.m.

When they arrived, the mobile home was fully engulfed.

Classes, extracurricular activities canceled at Mahomet-Seymour

MAHOMET — With a strike looming in the Mahomet-Seymour school district, all classes, extracurricular activities (including practices and competitions), club meetings, school-sponsored events and community or group usage of district facilities have been canceled until further notice.

Pizza man robbed of food in Urbana

URBANA – Urbana police are investigating the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man in that city.

A police report said a 37-year-old employee of Prime Time Pizza was trying to make a delivery in the 1000 block of South Lierman Avenue in Urbana about 2:40 a.m. Tuesday when he was attacked by three men and a woman.

Urbana man arrested on child porn charges

URBANA – A 54-year-old Urbana man has been arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography in that city.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said William M. McDonald, of the 900 block of Wabash Avenue, was arrested at his home Tuesday after police served a search warrant and seized his computer.

GCMS high school misses state testing goal in math

GIBSON CITY – While the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district as a whole met the state's adequate yearly progress goals in both reading and math for 2010, the high school failed for the second straight year to meet math goals.

Woman not seriously injured in I-74 accident north of Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana woman was treated and released for injuries she received Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident that happened shortly after 1 p.m. on Interstate 74 near Neil Street .

Blue Ridge to have partial pre-kindergarten program

FARMER CITY – Blue Ridge school board members voted Monday in favor of a partial pre-kindergarten program for the 2010-11 school year. A partial program will serve 35 of the most at-risk pre-k students instead of 70 as the district has done in the past, according to Superintendent Susan Wilson.

Price of health insurance main bump in Mahomet-Seymour negotiations

MAHOMET – The Mahomet-Seymour school district and its union continued talks Tuesday night.

Joan Jordan, spokeswoman for the Mahomet-Seymour Education Association, said she proposed the meeting to ensure every option was exhausted before the teachers report to school today. The first day of school for students is Thursday.

Fisher school district faces budget deficit

FISHER – For the first time as Fisher school superintendent, Barb Thompson has presented a deficit budget to the board.

Dozens told they'll lose use of Kenney Gym on UI campus

URBANA – Until he was 60, Nick Holonyak, the inventor of the LED, could walk on his hands in Kenney Gymnasium.

Now 81, he can't do anything at the University of Illinois gym, which he's been told doesn't have the resources for safely maintaining space for 75 to 100 mostly older exercisers.