Work to close Myra Ridge Drive for several weeks

URBANA – Myra Ridge Drive just south of Windsor Road will be closed from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

The closure is for the reconstruction of the intersection approach to Windsor Road and the installation of traffic signal related items.

Northeast School in Danville hoping for $500,000 grant

DANVILLE – On Friday afternoon, Northeast Elementary Magnet School was only about 8,400 votes away from winning a $500,000 grant, which school officials want to use to build a new gymnasium.

Conditions set for move back to full week for Vermilion health department

DANVILLE – If the Vermilion County Health Department pays back half of the more than $300,000 it owes the county, then county officials will support the department returning to a five-day work week, according to Vermilion County board Chairman Jim McMahon.

Champaign council to vote on labor agreement

CHAMPAIGN – Twenty-three city employees represented by the local Plumbers and Steamfitters union would get a 1 percent raise during the current and next fiscal year under a contract the city council will consider this week.

UI move-in day is Thursday; drivers urged to avoid campus area

University of Illinois police are advising drivers to avoid the campus area if possible on Thursday, move-in day, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Drivers need to pay extra attention to slow-moving traffic and pedestrians, a press release says.

Rantoul schools not screened for lead-based paint before summer renovation

RANTOUL – Lead-based paints are still present in Rantoul City Schools' five buildings, "an issue impeding the opening of the school district" on Sept. 7, Superintendent Bill Trankina said.

Group to honor Burris at Champaign event

CHAMPAIGN – U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., will be honored with the African American Man of the Year award later this month by the Illinois chapter of the National Council of African American Men Inc.

Burris will be honored with a dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. The senator has confirmed that he will attend the event.

No settlement between Mahomet-Seymour school district, union

MAHOMET — With school starting Thursday and a contract that will expire Tuesday, a settlement has yet to be reached between the Mahomet-Seymour school district and the teachers union.

Burned wire causes power outage in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — More than 1,300 electric customers in Champaign are without power.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said that a burned wire caused the loss of electricity for 1,361 customers starting at 5:46 p.m.

Morris said he did not have an estimated time when power will be restored.

Armed robbery reported in Urbana

URBANA — Police are investigating an armed robbery early Saturday morning in Urbana.

According to a police report, three masked men approached a 33-year-old Potomac man in the 1100 block of Austin Drive, Urbana, at 3:25 a.m. Saturday. Two of the men were armed with handguns.