Quints doing fine as birthday nears

DANVILLE – Pete and Jenny Ferrill say they have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Two Thanksgivings ago, the Ferrills weren't sure their dream of starting a family would come true.

Consultant will address jail space concerns

TUSCOLA – The Douglas County board on Wednesday hired a consultant to make recommendations to improve the Douglas County Jail.

The board voted 7-0 for a $5,000 contract to Kimme and Associates of Champaign to conduct an overall needs assessment of the jail.

Indiana man dies in traffic accident

DANVILLE – An Indiana man was killed in a crash east of Danville on Tuesday night.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Friday that Scott Bolton, 26, of State Line, Ind., died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital. Preliminary cause of death was head trauma.

Man charged when child finds crack in coat

DANVILLE – A Chicago man faces drug charges after county police and drug officials discovered about $25,000 worth of crack cocaine in his Danville apartment earlier this week.

Jerry Bell, 33, was arraigned Wednesday in Vermilion County Court on Class 1 felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver a controlled substance and a Class 4 felony charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Urbana school board OKs property purchase

URBANA – School board members Tuesday approved the purchase of property at 113 W. Washington St. to help pave the way for eventual expansion of the middle and high school campuses.

In a surprise move, they also honored Vice President John Dimit for serving on the board for 20 years.

Downtown Champaign parking issues unresolved

CHAMPAIGN – Despite several protests from downtown business owners, the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to support increasing parking meter rates in the downtown area and to extend the hours of parking enforcement to 9 p.m.

But after a nearly four-hour study session, the council could not agree on a number of specifics about the plan.

Focus on freshmen at Champaign Central

CHAMPAIGN – More eyes are watching the freshmen class at Central High School this year, paying extra attention to who is tardy, who is getting into trouble, who is getting F's.

Central administrators found, when they looked at data from the last few years, many of the behavior problems and suspensions at the school involved freshmen. They wanted to see if they could find ways to keep freshmen in class and doing well, both academically and behaviorally.

Mahomet meeting focuses on planning sessions

MAHOMET – Mahomet residents and officials are firming up their plans for the community strategic planning process.

Several residents, along with Village Administrator Mell Smigielski and Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce President Lee Jessup, met Monday to make a few decisions concerning the strategic plan.

Board looks at recycling fixes for Mahomet

MAHOMET – Lack of recycling service or drop-off point in the village is one of Mahomet residents' biggest complaints.

So the village board discussed how to fix the problem at its Tuesday study session.

Sisters to pen book on Paxton theater

PAXTON – Two sisters who have written three books about Paxton and their experiences growing up here plan to write a fourth that will immortalize the Paxton Majestic Theatre, recently destroyed by fire.

Donna and Pat DeMuth, who wrote their first book in 2004 called "In a Little Town Called Paxton," later moved back here and have become involved once again in small-town life.