Candidate for Bottenfield principal to be at Monday forum

CHAMPAIGN – Parents and community members can meet a candidate for principal of Bottenfield Elementary School at a community forum Monday evening at the school, 1801 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Matthew Foster of Romeoville will address the group at 6:30 p.m. in the school's community room and respond to questions following his presentation.

Champaign to consider buying property from Urban League

CHAMPAIGN – The city council will consider Tuesday whether it wants to pursue acquiring property at the southeast corner of Neil Street and Bradley Avenue, where the former Community Day Care center formerly operated.

The Urban League of Champaign County owns the property and is interested in selling it, though it hasn't officially put it on the market yet, according to Sandi Jones, interim chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Urban League.

Patrons sorry that Danville's Starbucks closing after only a year

DANVILLE – Sitting outside soaking up Friday's warm summer sun and an iced green tea from Starbucks, Robin Legittino was disappointed to know she may not have a Starbucks to visit the next time she's in Danville,

"It's part of my daily routine," said Legittino, who works for one of the largest chiropractic practices in Chicago and was in Danville on Friday doing some work at Genesis Chiropractic, 2807 N. Vermilion St.

New sign-up process for summer cooling grants a success

URBANA – Something was missing outside the Brookens Administrative Center these past two weeks: long lines of angry people.

The Regional Planning Commission adopted a new sign-up process for its $150 summer cooling grants and – with a little help from thunderstorms – avoided the chaos that marked its first go-round last July.

Guilty pleas resolve Champaign County cases

URBANA – Criminal cases were resolved recently in Champaign County Circuit Court with guilty pleas.

Paroled burglar charged in 2006 Rantoul break-in

URBANA – A former Rantoul man recently paroled for a Ford County burglary faces a separate charge for a 2006 residential burglary in Rantoul.

Christopher Echols, 20, formerly of the 600 block of Willow Pond, Rantoul, is due to return to court for a pretrial hearing Sept. 16 on a felony charge of residential burglary. He appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court Friday.

Runner-up may get new shot to be Rantoul administrator

RANTOUL – A man who came close to becoming Rantoul's village administrator four years ago might get the job this year.

Rantoul Mayor Neal Williams said his staff has begun doing background and reference checks on William Barlow, the village manager of Winfield.

Bicyclists ride through Tuscola to honor slain deputy, others

TUSCOLA – The riders were a sight to behold as they crested the hill on U.S. 36 Friday afternoon, a wheeled legion with matching helmets, yellow tops and black bike shorts.

The 25 riders, who covered more than 170 miles since Thursday morning in temperatures hovering around the 90s, were sunburned and sweaty as they honored fallen Douglas County Chief Deputy Tommy K. Martin with those who remember him best.

Former Champaign man, wife challenge gravity as acrobats

Professionals who see David Gray and Alyssa Marx's aerial and acrobatic acts can't believe the couple can do what they do.

Area residents will get a chance to see Gray, a 1997 alumnus of Champaign Centennial High School, and Marx, a native of San Francisco, when they perform for the first time in Champaign at the Chester Street Bar around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday.

Portion of Urbana street to close for construction work

URBANA – Church Street between Lincoln and Busey avenues will be closed to traffic beginning Monday as Cross Construction is set to begin work, weather permitting.

It is expected to reopen Sept. 15.