Champaign County Crimestoppers this week is seeking information about an armed robbery of a Champaign pizza store in April.
At midnight April 9, a man entered the Prime Time Pizza, 505 E. University Ave., and pointed a gun at an employee and demanded the cash register drawer, according to Champaign police.
URBANA – As pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in Urbana and head of a local foundation, the Rev. B.J. Tatum has to stay organized and prepared for anything that comes along. But even he couldn't have planned for what happened recently.
In late May, the Canaan Development Foundation held a benefit gala to raise money for its three ministries – the SAFE House for Men, the SAFE House for Women and Canaan Academy. The SAFE houses comprise a 12-month substance abuse recovery program for those who are trying to stay clean and sober. The academy, at 207 Central Ave., U., offers a Christian education for 65 to 75 prekindergarten to fifth-grade pupils.
Four area police departments are losing or will lose hundreds of years worth of experience this year.
Thanks to an incentive that sweetened the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pot, several Champaign County sheriff's deputies are leaving the work force this year while some left late last year.
A guy who raises deer north of Peoria calls Cliff Shipley one day and says he and a buddy have shot a strange-looking coyote, so Shipley tells him to bring it over for a look.
The University of Illinois veterinary medicine professor and veterinarian takes one look at the carcass in the pickup truck and says: "Yeah, that's a wolf."
When Stan Colcombe feels like complaining about sitting in front of a computer screen for hours, trying to tease revelations out of a mass of data collected from a human brain in action, he thinks of iron mines and bars.
An iron mine and bars, the watering hole kind, are where Colcombe worked, as a miner and bouncer, to put himself through undergraduate school after a neck injury cost him a football scholarship.
It was hot, lunchtime was approaching and it had just started to drizzle.
Yet an enthusiastic bunch of teachers gathered around a garden outside Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, leaning in to smell the pink roses, jotting down notes about ornamental grasses and asking questions about design.
CHAMPAIGN – When the Robeson Elementary principal recommended that Shannon Smith's son, Cody, attend the Champaign Summer Bridges program, Smith was skeptical.
Her 6-year-old had never participated in the summer school before and she didn't know what to expect. After attending an open house Friday at Stratton Elementary, she changed her mind.
GIBSON CITY – While Ford County boasts of one of the lowest unemployment rates in Illinois, that hasn't yet translated into significant growth in home or retail sales.
Ed Scharlau, vice chairman of First Busey Corp., told area business leaders that Ford County had a 4.4 percent unemployment rate in April, well below the state average of 6.1 percent.
State and local health officials are urging the public to take precautions this spring and summer to reduce their risk of contracting the West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Earlier this week, a dead crow found in Vermilion County tested positive for West Nile.
Things were looking pretty good for crops in East Central Illinois until Thursday night's rains.
On Wednesday, Todd Weitekamp, a district sales manager for AgSource Seeds, said the general health of area corn was "fantastic. And the beans are looking well, too."