Counseling now available for students who served in military

CHAMPAIGN – Free counseling for military veteran students is now available twice a month at Parkland College.

The Veteran Service Office is different from academic or financial aid counseling at Parkland, said Kristina Taylor, Parkland's veterans' certifying official and financial officer. She is also an instructor at the college.

Vermilion Advantage official says firms are looking at Danville

DANVILLE – With more than a dozen new business prospects considering Vermilion County for development, Vermilion Advantage's Vicki Haugen believes it's a sign that cautious optimism in the economy is growing.

Bement under boil order following water main break

BEMENT -- The village of Bement is under a boil order for at least 24 hours.

Researchers take close look at conscientious spouses

CHAMPAIGN – When it comes to health, it's better to marry someone who's conscientious about things like exercising, flossing and not smoking.

Man shot and killed in Urbana

URBANA — Urbana police are investigating the death of a man who was found shot in east Urbana Wednesday night.

Urbana woman charged with burglary

URBANA – An Urbana woman pleaded not guilty Thursday after she was charged with felony burglary.

Cheryl L. England, 43, who listed an address on the 1300 block of Silver Street, Urbana, was being held at the Champaign County Jail on $50,000 bond after she was arrested at the Urbana Meijer store.

Forums to be held on creating plan for broadband program

URBANA – Public forums will be held on creation of a local plan for a possible high-speed Internet program in Champaign-Urbana.

The Broadband Access Committee of the Champaign-Urbana Cable Television and Telecommunications Commission will host the first forum at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lewis Auditorium of the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Another forum is set for 7 p.m. May 21 at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Crosspoint Human Services to honor longtime volunteer

DANVILLE – For several years, volunteers have tried to organize a fundraiser for Crosspoint Human Services to help support its many programs and the people helped by those programs.

This year, the strategic planning committee of the agency's board of directors got the job done.

Environmental education center's future brightens

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District was $400,000 closer on Wednesday to building a 32,000-square-foot environmental education center at Kennekuk County Park, after the state announced $21.2 million in grants for 59 park and land acquisition projects across the state.

Area receiving extra food and shelter assistance

CHAMPAIGN – Lesliee Hartman pinches pennies, buys in bulk and sometimes relies on food stamps to feed her family of six.