Ex-Champaign man will face resentencing

URBANA – A former Champaign man faces resentencing in a federal drug case after changing his story in a Champaign County murder case.

U.S. Central District Chief Judge Michael McCuskey on Thursday voided a plea agreement and ordered a resentencing hearing for 29-year-old Shance Dalton.

Two Villa Grove residents injured in accident

VILLA GROVE – Two Villa Grove residents were injured in rural Champaign County on Thursday when one motorist stopped to pick up a hitchhiker.

According to an Illinois State Police report, Timothy Odom, 39, who listed an address in Villa Grove, was driving north on Illinois 130 about two miles north of the Champaign County line when he saw a hitchhiker at 7:35 a.m. Odom slowed down to pick up the hitchhiker.

Former Catlin officer honored for many roles in his community

CATLIN – Fred Reddy will have just finished his first month of retirement, after nearly 35 years with the Catlin police department, when he will receive the Lions Club Citizen of the Year award next week.

The award doesn't specifically recognize his dedicated employment, although that certainly plays a part in his dedication to other activities within his community.

Gas-efficient scooters gain following

TOLONO – When it is time for Tolono hairstylist Debbie Revell to make a house call to give a fellow resident a perm or a haircut, she puts her equipment in the back of red and black scooter and rides to her next appointment.

"Riding a scooter is a blast, and it saves me a lot of money on gasoline," Revell said.

Revell said her scooter gets up to 100 miles per gallon.

Danville bank offers free shredding service

Got some old documents you want to get rid of, but you worry about identity theft?

A Danville bank will offer free shredding for three hours Saturday morning.

Woman sought in connection with shooting

CHAMPAIGN – Police this morning were looking for a woman who they say was involved in a shooting Wednesday in Champaign.

Rene Dunn, spokeswoman for the Champaign police, said the shooting happened in the 400 block of East Church Street at 9:27 a.m. Wednesday. Police are looking for a 27-year-old female as a "person of interest" in the case, she said.

Students in math classes get down to business

CHAMPAIGN – Erin Holm plans to take advantage of the interest in healthy food, and escaping the long months of cold Illinois weather, with her smoothie bar, The Chambana Cabana.

This won't be just any smoothie bar. Her business plan says it will be a tropical-themed, health-conscious, money-making machine!

2007 graduates' Money Smart video takes top prize

CHAMPAIGN – Just how "money-smart" is the average college student?

Depends on whom you ask. When Sam Carmichael and Jack Ross asked, they found some were working at part-time jobs and thinking about how to invest. Others were relying on their parents to pay for college and were spending their spare time on Facebook, rather than earning money.

Principal finalist talks about background

CHAMPAIGN – The sole finalist for principal of Edison Middle School is an assistant principal in Arizona, a native Spanish speaker and an immigrant from Panama.

Carmela Levy talked with parents and teachers Wednesday night at a community forum at the school.

Monticello council adopts rules on displaying house numbers

MONTICELLO – In a move aimed more at emergency services than for the directionally-challenged, the Monticello City Council approved a rule requiring house numbers be prominently displayed.

The council approved the change 5-1 this week requiring all residential areas to display house numbers at least 3 inches tall, 5 feet above the ground, near the entrance or garage door facing the street.