Tolono gas station leak not believed to have contaminated area

TOLONO – Tolono residents should not be concerned about their safety after a gas station with apparently leaking tanks closed, according to a government spokeswoman.

The Freedom Oil Co. at 101 N. Watson St. closed late Friday after reporting to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on June 3 that a 10,000-gallon tank and a 6,000-gallon tank had spilled.

YMCA executive director takes national position

CHAMPAIGN – Wade Hampton's departure from the Champaign County YMCA comes as the organization is trying to complete a $7 million capital campaign to build a new facility in southwest Champaign.

But YMCA board members say they still hope to have a groundbreaking for the facility on Windsor Road later this year.

Champaign man always looking to add to keychain collection

CHAMPAIGN – If all goes according to plan, what started in a box in Jerry Moran's room could go on to be the beginning of a world record.

In that box, Moran once kept his keychains. Moran, who is developmentally disabled and has a speech impediment, said his sister, Karen McKinzie, would take the box out and look through his collection.

Mahomet-Seymour's new telephone system will be all-in-one

The Mahomet-Seymour school district will soon be connected with a new districtwide phone system.

Board members voted 5-0 for Champaign Telephone Company to replace current phones and change to an all-in-one system for phones, bells and intercoms.

Former Rantoul Press owner remembered as caring man

RANTOUL – Area residents are remembering Glenn Hansen as a loving, educated man who enjoyed photography, world travel and helping those in need.

Mr. Hansen, 93, the former owner of The Rantoul Press, died Saturday at his home in Rantoul.

Jury interviews to steer proceedings after second mistrial

URBANA – A Champaign County prosecutor said he wants to speak to some of the jurors who couldn't reach a verdict in a weapons-related case before deciding how to proceed.

For the second time, a Champaign County jury could not come to a unanimous verdict in the case of Roland McFarland, 30, whose last known address was in the 200 block of West Beardsley Avenue, Champaign.

Agencies offer tips to avoid lightning injuries

Two state agencies have partnered with the National Weather Service to declare this lightning safety awareness week.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Natural Resources are reminding people that it's estimated that more than 1,000 people are injured in this country annually from lightning strikes. On average, another 62 die.

Hume man faces multiple charges

URBANA – A Hume man with prior convictions was arraigned Monday on charges of residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Jeffrey Marcrum, 39, is accused of breaking into an apartment in the 600 block of South Prairie Street, Champaign, on Friday by cutting a screen in a basement window. He is alleged to have stolen an iPod Shuffle and keys to a car.

MTD looking at small annexations

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is moving to annex three small parcels in Urbana, Champaign and Savoy.

Unlike previous annexations, such as one in southwest Champaign, these are unlikely to generate much heat, since no individual property taxpayers are affected.

Loretta Lynn show set in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – Country icon Loretta Lynn, who was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield.

The "coal miner's daughter" has performed for more than four decades, telling through song her rags-to-riches life story, from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom.