Pet of the Week Roy

Roy is a 1 year old  neutered fawn Australian Cattle Dog,Basenji mix dog, a sweet,talkative and friendly boy, very playful, knows some commands, a little too rough for small children and cats. 

Pickup truck fire caused traffic backup on I-57 Monday

TOLONO — A pickup truck pulling a camper trailer caught fire on Interstate 57 between Savoy and Tolono Monday afternoon, causing a traffic backup at the conclusion of the holiday weekend.

New UI vice president named

URBANA — An engineer who has brought in more than $60 million in grants, Christophe Pierre, will be the next vice president for academic affairs at the University of Illinois.

Computer store set to open

CHAMPAIGN — As a teen growing up in Champaign-Urbana, James Wang frequented Internet cafes to play games, and over the years he built computers from parts that he bought or salvaged from other computers.

Orders of protection on rise in Ford County

PAXTON — The number of orders of protection filed this year in Ford County Circuit Court has risen to the highest in at least 15 years — and there are four months left in 2011.

Savoy man arrested on battery charges

SAVOY — A Savoy man was arrested early Sunday for aggravated battery and battery after allegedly cutting a man who tried to come to the aid of a woman being kicked.

Court advocate available in Ford County for orders of protection

PAXTON — A court advocate from a social-service agency in Champaign is being made available five days a week at the Ford County Courthouse to help victims of domestic violence seek orders of protection.

Urbana man arrested in death of his roommate

URBANA — An Urbana man is in police custody for allegedly running over and killing his roommate late Monday night.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said Charles Moody, 39, of 1003 E. Water St., U, was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital after being run over about 10:10 p.m. on Captiva Street near Illini Airport Road in northeast Urbana.

Surgical techs in short supply; Parkland sets open houses for students

CHAMPAIGN — In hospital operating rooms in East Central Illinois and beyond, surgical technologists are in big demand.

Training takes up to two years at Parkland College, and hiring is often completed before graduation day, says Carolyn Ragsdale, Parkland's surgical technology program director.

Years-long absence ends; cannons back at war memorial in Westville

WESTVILLE - After an almost 15-year absence, two cannons that symbolize our nation's victory in World War II and became a part of Westville's local history have finally returned to their original spot at Zamberletti Park.