Students put in extra time to prepare for testing

CHAMPAIGN – When Centennial High School junior Taryn Moore takes the ACT test Wednesday, she'll be a lot more confident than she was a few months ago.

"I was worried about it because I thought if I didn't do well on the test, I wouldn't be able to do what I want to do when I graduate high school," she said.

Two hospitalized following two-car accident in Arthur

Two Arthur residents were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash in Arthur on Monday morning.

According to an Illinois State Police report, Howard J. Helmuth, 39, who listed an address in Arthur, was driving a motorcycle west on Illinois 133 at a high rate of speed and continued to accelerate when he struck a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by Brenda Coleman, 66, of Arthur. Coleman was driving south on Palmer Street and was attempting to make a left turn onto Illinois 133 when she was struck by the motorcycle.

Woman receives month in prison, home detention

URBANA – Deanna Lustfeldt, wife of Iroquois County Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt, was sentenced Monday to one month in prison and nine months of home confinement for embezzling money at the Watseka bank where she formerly worked.

U.S. Central District of Illinois Chief Judge Michael McCuskey said a sentence of probation would be inappropriate.

More than 100 Homer High School alumni to be at banquet

HOMER – More than 100 former students of Homer High School are expected to attend this year's annual Homer Alumni Banquet on May 24 at the Heritage Junior High and Elementary School Gym in Homer.

The event is being organized by the Homer Alumni Association and the graduating class of 1983.

Local home buyers taking time on decisions

CHAMPAIGN – Home sales in Champaign County are down 8 percent from where they were a year ago.

Statistics from the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service show 476 homes were sold during the first three months of this year. That compares with 519 homes sold during the first quarter of 2007.

UI mechanics look into cause of plane's engine failure

SAVOY – University of Illinois aviation mechanics are trying to figure out what caused a UI training airplane's engine to fail Saturday, forcing the pilot and student to make an off-field landing.

Neither the instructor nor the student was injured in the landing, which occurred about 10:40 a.m. Saturday just south of Willard Airport in Savoy, according to Ginny Davis, assistant director of the UI Institute of Aviation.

Georgetown OKs spending plan, street-coating proposal

GEORGETOWN – City council members on Monday approved a $726,400 general-fund spending plan for the 2008-09 fiscal year that anticipates a $13,000 surplus.

Officials anticipate generating about $739,300 in the general fund during the upcoming fiscal year, from May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2009.

Recycling event extended for rest of this week

An unexpectedly large response to the electronics recycling event put on by local governments in Champaign County over the weekend has prompted them to extend the service this week.

The contractor for the event, Mack's Twin City Recycling, agreed to take items other than TV sets free at its facility at 2808 N. Lincoln Ave, U, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, according to Susan Monte of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission and Urbana Environmental Manager Rod Fletcher.

Teachers, student music groups to be honored Friday

DANVILLE – The Danville Community Public School Foundation will celebrate excellence in teaching and spotlight student musical ability at an event called "An Evening of Singing and Dancing."

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Danville High School auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St. It is open to the public.

Vermilion County committee considers hiring of custodians

DANVILLE – The county's property committee supported a proposal on Monday night to create five new custodial positions to clean the Vermilion County Courthouse and Annex rather than continuing to contract with an outside business.

"We've tried several things, all to no avail. I haven't heard any other viable options. We're at the point now where this needs to be done," said Mark Cravens, buildings and grounds superintendent for Vermilion County, during Monday night's property committee meeting.