Ex-state police special agent gets probation for gun incident

PAXTON – A former special agent for the Illinois State Police was placed on probation for two years and ordered to surrender his firearm owner's identification card after pleading guilty in Ford County Circuit Court to unlawful use of a weapon.

Bradley J. Cluver, 51, of Gibson City, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the misdemeanor charges through a plea agreement with State's Attorney Tony Lee. Under the agreement, more serious felony charges of aggravated assault on a police officer with a firearm were dismissed.

Students plan to hold recycling drop-off for electronics items

CHAMPAIGN – How can you build by subtracting?

Students at Next Generation School have found the answer – they're holding an electronics recycling drop-off from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2414 Galen Drive, next to the Cardinal Fitness Center at Galen and Windsor Road.

Danville biofuels plant starting production process today

DANVILLE – After two years of construction, the new biodiesel facility adjacent to Bunge Milling in downtown Danville goes operational today and should start producing the first batch of biodiesel next month.

University police detain man with toy gun on campus

URBANA – University of Illinois police have detained a Champaign man with a toy gun on campus.


Local men accused of selling crack cocaine

URBANA – Two local men face federal drug charges accusing them of selling crack cocaine.

Pierre D. Blake, also known as "K.D.," 28, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of North Walnut Street, Champaign, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on two counts of distribution of more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, a count of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Lower tentative tax rate OK'd by Blue Ridge school officials

FARMER CITY – Blue Ridge school board members have approved a lower tentative property tax rate for the 2009-2010 school year.

The current tax rate is $5.33 per $100 assessed valuation, and the proposed rate for next year is $5.27.

GCMS High School safety program gets attention

GIBSON CITY – Students and sponsors involved with the teen safe-driving program at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School are celebrating the news that they've earned a trip to Washington, D.C., as one of the top three teams in the nation.

GCMS officials consider adding space at grade school

GIBSON CITY – There could be a plan to add four to six classrooms to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School in the near future. School board members hope to fund the possible $1 million to $1.4 million construction cost with options that won't require a tax increase.

Board President Greg Kerber pointed out that putting an advisory question before voters will need to be decided at the board's next meeting Dec. 15, because of a January deadline for the April 5, 2009, election. Regardless of the ballot question, board members agreed they would hold public meetings to explain their plans.

Unit 4 gets kudos from Savoy group

SAVOY – When a small group of Savoy parents met Monday night to talk about how their village could get an elementary school, one of several topics on their agenda was the logistics of detaching from one school district to go to another.

But much of the conversation turned to what the residents liked about the Champaign school district.

Jon White victim reaches tentative settlement with Urbana school district

URBANA – Another of the victims of former Urbana school teacher Jon White has reached a tentative settlement with the Urbana school district.

The child will receive $390,000 in present value money, according to the terms of an agreement filed in Champaign County Circuit Court on Tuesday.