CHAMPAIGN – Garden Hills Elementary School has brighter hallways and cooler classrooms this fall, and the distinction of being the Champaign school district's "first green school."
On Tuesday, the school celebrated the completion of a geothermal system that provides a more efficient way to heat and cool the building.
URBANA – Two Champaign men have been charged with having an "active" mushroom- growing operation in their home.
Tu Duc Nguyen, 27, and Kelvin Diep, 23, who both listed an address in the 3800 block of Pebblebrook Lane, were charged in warrants issued earlier this month that resulted from a search of their home on Sept. 4 by Champaign police.
URBANA – An Arizona man is expected to be back in Champaign County within a week after having been arrested for the sexual molestation of a young girl in Champaign County several years ago.
Robert T. Jones, 55, of Cottonwood, Ariz., formerly of Urbana, was charged Sept. 16 in Champaign County Circuit court with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault alleging he committed sex acts with a girl under the age of 13 in Urbana between January 1998 and December 2005. If convicted, Jones faces six to 30 years in prison.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will end the current fiscal year with a "larger than ideal" deficit, said Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas.
Its $104 million operating budget has a deficit of nearly $4 million.
CHAMPAIGN – An informational meeting on the recently released plan for managing water supplies in East Central Illinois will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Tony Noel Technology Building at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.
The meeting, which is open to the public, is sponsored by a number of state and local governments, plus the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Champaign County Farm Bureau, Sierra Club, Audubon Society and Illinois American Water Company.
DANVILLE – Another Republican is looking at running to succeed state Rep. Bill Black in the 104th House District.
Jacob Lane, a 21-year-old junior at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., said Tuesday that he is "leaning toward" running for the seat in the district that includes almost all of Vermilion County and much of eastern Champaign County. Chad Hays, the former mayor of Catlin, already has announced his intention to succeed Black, who plans to retire after this term. Black has served in the Illinois House since 1986.
DANVILLE - All countywide officeholders up for re-election next year, except one, plan to run again and are circulating nominating petitions.
Vermilion County offices up for election in November 2010 are county clerk, treasurer, supervisor of assessments and sheriff.
URBANA — Due to road resurfacing, the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Ave., U, will be closed on Wednesday from 8 to noon.
URBANA — An Arizona man is expected to be back in Champaign County within a week after having been arrested for the sexual molestation of a young girl in Champaign County several years ago.