Fire in north Urbana home quickly contained

URBANA - Items packed on top of an electrical cord sparked a fire that damaged a north Urbana home Friday evening.

Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley said firefighters found smoke in the home of Lesley Deem at 1205 Division Ave. when they arrived about 6:15 p.m.

Impact of bus barn fire will be felt all summer

ST. JOSEPH — On Thursday, St. Joseph-Ogden High School Superintendent Jim Acklin finished his "General State Aid" report, the one that determines how much money the school will get from the state for the coming year.

Work will close part of Water Street in Urbana starting Monday

URBANA — A portion of Water Street in Urbana will be closed beginning Monday while Roberts Communication installs some cable.

Water Street will be closed from the east side of its intersection with Broadway Avenue to a point between 50 and 70 feet east of the intersection beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.

The street is scheduled to re-open at 5 p.m. June 24.

Some insurance help available over the weekend

URBANA — Some limited weekend assistance will be available for those state employees and retirees who haven't yet completed their health insurance enrollment.

More copper thefts reported

URBANA — Urbana police are investigating copper thefts that occurred earlier this week that are netting the thieves little in comparison to the damage they're doing getting to the recyclable metal.

Several copper thefts have been reported to all area police in the last couple of months.

Life Remembered: Terri Burnett left major impact behind

URBANA — For her entire adult life, Terri Burnett couldn't move most of her body. But the words that came from her mouth moved more people than she ever could have realized.

Rantoul man arraigned on child porn charges

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man alleged to have possessed child pornography with the intent to disseminate it is due back in court in Champaign County on Aug. 2.

Zorba's makes comeback at Taste

CHAMPAIGN — If you've had a hankering for a gyro from Zorba's, this is your weekend.

Zorba's owner Matt Mortenson and his crew are back cooking the Greek specialty sandwiches along with pita and hummus and baklava at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park through Sunday.

Stories 'muddled' after 2 injured in scuffle

RURAL TUSCOLA — Douglas County sheriff's deputies are trying to figure out what happened Thursday morning between two men at a vacant home west of Tuscola that resulted in one man being airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital.

Car, van collide in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man had to be cut out of his car Friday morning after a van collided with it in north central Champaign.

Sgt. David Griffet said the accident happened about 9:38 a.m. at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and State Street, where Bloomington Road branches off to the northwest.