Agencies to present fund requests to Cunningham Township

URBANA – Members of the Urbana City Council, who also serve as the Cunningham Township board, will hear requests Monday for public funding from seven social service agencies.

Third suspect arraigned in double murder

URBANA – The last of three people charged in connection with the brutal slayings of a Champaign couple in their home almost three years ago has been returned to Champaign County to face prosecution for their murders.

Russell Lee Pitcher, 51, was brought back to Urbana on Thursday from a prison in Anamosa, Iowa, where he has been serving a 5-year sentence for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Mother faces felony charge for alleged role in daughter's brawl

URBANA – The mother of a 15-year-old girl accused of encouraging her daughter to fight another teenage girl is being held on $50,000 bond in the Champaign County Jail.

Judge Richard Klaus on Friday arraigned Dawn Morris, 37, of the 800 block of West Harvard Street, of a single count of contributing to the criminal delinquency of a juvenile, and ordered her to be back in court May 26.

Skilled volunteers needed to help injured vet in Mahomet

URBANA – Professional construction tradespeople are needed to help build injured Army Sgt. Cameron Crouch an accessible home in Mahomet.

The signup will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C.

Bourbonnais man accused of wrecking stolen forklift

URBANA – A Bourbonnais man is due back in court next month to face felony charges in an incident in which a forklift was stolen in Champaign and wrecked in Urbana.

Daniel Wedig, 38, was arraigned Thursday for possession of a stolen vehicle and theft over $10,000, both Class 2 felonies, alleging that early Wednesday he stole a Sky Trak forklift belonging to an Urbana construction company from the 700 block of South Neil Street in Champaign.

Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration getting under way

Holiday observances, which follow Julian calendar, take place at churches this weekend

URBANA – Thousands of fresh flowers, rose petals and bay leaves perfume some church sanctuaries this weekend.

Area's only black-owned radio station celebrates 2 decades

URBANA – Champaign-Urbana took some time out Friday night to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the only black-owned radio station between Chicago and St. Louis.

Newell Township highway commissioner's trial delayed

DANVILLE – The criminal case against the outgoing Newell Township highway commissioner, Pete Powell, was delayed again Friday in Vermilion County Circuit Court.

Powell, who leaves office next month when his term ends – he did not seek re-election this month – faces official misconduct and theft charges in connection with his position as highway commissioner.

Accident yields injuries, DUI charges

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man was listed in good condition late Friday afternoon after his car was hit by an alleged drunken driver early Friday.

And the man who hit him was being held in the Champaign County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond for aggravated driving under the influence.

Market Place Mall keeping up with taxes

CHAMPAIGN – It appears that local governments won't have to sweat out the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of the owner of the Market Place Mall, wondering whether it means a loss of property tax revenue this year.