Robber hits St. Joseph bank

ST. JOSEPH – Champaign County sheriff's deputies are investigating a robbery at the St. Joseph First Bank that occurred before noon Friday.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said a man entered the bank about 11:52 a.m., inferred he had a gun and was given an undisclosed amount of cash. He then ran south from the bank at 220 E. Grand Ave., which is just south of Interstate 74.

First community event for Moon Walk is Saturday

CHAMPAIGN – The weather is getting warmer, and the scenery is getting greener. Time to get out to a park and take a walk!

The Champaign Park District is sponsoring its CU on the Trails! 5K run and walk this weekend. The event highlights a park and walking trail in the city.

Relay For Life kickoff set for Saturday at Savoy 16

CHAMPAIGN – Relay For Life is going Hollywood.

A kickoff for the benefit, which raises money to fight cancer, will be at the Savoy 16 theater from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Judge recuses himself rather than accept plea deal

URBANA – A Champaign County judge Thursday took himself off the case of a Broadlands man accused of killing two people while driving drunk.

Traffic court Judge Chase Leonhard said he was not rejecting a plea agreement that called for David Black, 43, to serve 13 years in prison for killing his friends Bill and Julie Orndorff in a drunken driving crash last summer. But he said he would ask Presiding Judge Tom Difanis to assign it to another judge.

Sidell Fire and Rescue seeks money for new fire station

SIDELL – Excitement is running high with Sidell Fire and Rescue Chief Terry Bates.

Bates and board members are hoping voters will vote yes on Tuesday to acquire the necessary $400,000 to build a new fire station.

Newcomer challenges incumbent in Danville Ward 3

DANVILLE – In Ward 3, incumbent Alderman William "Bill" Gilbert is being challenged by newcomer Theodore Caudill.

Gilbert is seeking a second four-year term as alderman in Tuesday's election. He said the city must continue to control expenses in its current economic situation and keep a close eye on jobs that can be done with less expense.

Rossville sends request for bond issue back to voters

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Area Fire Protection District will again ask voters for permission to issue bonds to pay off a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its new fire station.

The measure was defeated by 13 votes in the November election, but board members feel they've done a much better job of explaining what needs to happen, and why, this time around.

Five vying for four seats on Danville school board

DANVILLE – The current Danville school board late last year fulfilled one of its main functions – hiring Associate Superintendent Mark Denman as its next schools chief.

But the new board still has plenty of work ahead of it, including filling other key administrative and teaching positions; deciding how to address three outdated schools and pay for the work; ensuring that restructuring efforts are put into place and are working; ensuring that all students are meet higher learning standards; and approving a new teacher's contract, among other things.

Champaign school board candidates speak to parents

CHAMPAIGN – Susan Gonzalez knew of one candidate she wanted to vote for in the Champaign school board race.

After hearing all seven candidates speak Thursday night, "I think I have a pretty good idea" of the others who might get her vote, she said.

Three running for vacant post in Danville Ward 4

DANVILLE – A local businesswoman with previous experience as an alderwoman, a local businessman who's retired from the manufacturing industry and a driver for McLane Midwest all want to be the new Ward 4 alderman on the Danville city council.

Sharon McMahon, Fred Thornsbrough and Craig Martin are running in Tuesday's election for the vacant seat created by the resignation last summer of Nancy O'Kane.