Weather service: 5 to 7 inches of snow possible

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, predicting heavy snow and dangerous travel conditions Thursday night.

Knott resigns from county board to focus on Parkland election

Greg Knott, a member of the Champaign County Board since 2000, has announced that he will resign from the board after Thursday's regular board meeting.

Schools of Choice forum postponed by pastor's funeral

CHAMPAIGN — A community forum on the Champaign school district’s Schools of Choice process, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed.

Urbana Blockbuster store to close in April

URBANA – The Blockbuster Video store in Urbana will close in mid-April, according to the company's corporate communications office.

Blockbuster Inc., which this week disclosed plans to close 609 of its 3,400 U.S. stores, wouldn't comment on the future of its Champaign, Danville and Watseka stores.

Toddler still in critical condition after crash

URBANA – A toddler injured in what police say was a drunken driving crash in Champaign Friday night remained in critical condition Tuesday at Carle Foundation Hospital.

The driver accused of hitting the car the baby was in has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence and obstructing justice.

Black smoke was a controlled burn

CHAMPAIGN – Heavy smoke coming from the ACH Foods plant in west Champaign Wednesday morning was a result of a demolition crew getting rid of equipment.

"It was an accidental fire on the part of the demolition company," said Champaign Fire Chief Doug Forsman. "There was no unintended damage."

Priorities set for local group's Washington, Springfield trips

CHAMPAIGN – A delegation from Champaign County plans to travel to Washington next month to advocate for high-speed rail, a rails-to-trails project and energy-efficiency grants for schools.

Unit 4 seeks input on future of oldest buildings

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is beginning an evaluation of its oldest buildings this week, with the goal of putting together a long-term plan for them.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 100 block of East Chalmers Street: Door kicked in about 11 p.m. Friday.

– 100 block of East John Street: Car window damaged Sunday.

– 1200 block of West Anthony Drive: Someone stole cash from apartment Saturday or Sunday during a party.

Georgetown seeks street light repair

GEORGETOWN – City officials are asking the power company to repair the burnt-out or broken street lights in the city, or to reimburse the city for some of the electrical costs associated with the inoperable lights.