Dinner will raise funds for Urbana schools

URBANA – Want to win money and help Urbana schools?

At the 10th annual "Ca$h Ba$h" on Saturday, attendees can purchase one of 300 raffle tickets, with a top prize of $5,000 and more than 20 lesser cash prizes.

Unit 4 receives extension to file plan

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school officials have almost another month to file a plan telling how they'll comply with the district's consent decree.

But the judge in the case said he won't grant another extension, "absent unusual circumstances," and the report must be submitted by March 21, whether or not the court-appointed monitor approves of the plan.

Former correctional officer gets probation

URBANA – A former Champaign County jail employee pleaded guilty Monday to a felony and a misdemeanor in connection with an incident more than a year ago in which he inappropriately used a Taser gun on an inmate.

William Alan Myers, 37, of Pesotum, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to felony disorderly conduct and misdemeanor battery. The charges were in connection with a Nov. 14, 2005, incident at the downtown Urbana jail during which Myers, a sergeant, inappropriately used a Taser gun on Ray Hsieh while he was alone with the inmate in a shower room.

G-RF High school's campus to be closed for lunch

GEORGETOWN – Citing behavioral problems and safety concerns, school officials voted Monday to close the Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School campus over lunchtime starting in the fall.

The school board's vote will bring an end to a longstanding policy that allows all 350 Georgetown-Ridge Farm High students to leave school grounds during their 30-minute lunch period.

Two men charged after attempted theft of ammonia

PENFIELD – Two Vermilion County men face charges in Champaign County accusing them of trying to steal anhydrous ammonia for making methamphetamine.

Arraigned and pleading innocent Monday to attempted illegal possession of anhydrous ammonia for manufacturing methamphetamine were Harold Hunt, 36, and Glen E. Hall, also 36, who both listed addresses in Oakwood.

Accused mayor still on the job in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN – Mayor Darrell Acord, who faces misdemeanor charges for public indecency, said Monday he planned to continue to serve the citizens who elected him to three terms as mayor.

Acord spoke after attending a public properties committee meeting, where city council members discussed possible improvements to the community center and city park in the upcoming fiscal year.

Serious crimes in Champaign-Urbana down

Serious crimes in the Champaign-Urbana area generally declined in 2006, but there was a big jump in residential burglaries in Champaign.

"The biggest concern is residential burglaries," said Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney.

Urbana High School festival celebrating culture set for Tuesday

URBANA – Visitors to Urbana High School on Tuesday evening can get an eyeful, an earful and a mouthful at the first Celebration of Our Culture Festival.

The festival, part of Black History Month, starts with booths for food, information and arts at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 1002 S. Race St., U.

Champaign voters to cast primary ballots

Voters on Tuesday will select six at-large candidates for Champaign City Council from nine candidates on the primary ballot. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Polling places include:

Champaign 2: Alan G. Ryle Companies, 4102 Belmont, C.

Danville officials gear up for primary

DANVILLE – Be it a city, state or national election, Danville resident Margaret Bartos always casts a ballot.

"What's the point of being a citizen of the U.S. if you don't vote? You have to voice your opinion," Bartos said.