Wendy's closes after company sues operators

URBANA – The operators of the recently reopened Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers in Mattoon closed it last week after Wendy's International claimed it hadn't authorized the store.

James P. May and Michael Quagliano agreed to close the store Thursday after the Dublin, Ohio-based fast-food chain sought a temporary restraining order against them in U.S. District Court in Urbana.

Six more arrested in rural drug sweep; more expected

CLINTON – Police arrested six more people in an ongoing investigation of rural drug trafficking.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Ben Halloran said the sweep Friday is part of Operation Pyramid, an investigation of crack cocaine and cocaine in East Central Illinois, including DeWitt, McLean, Ford, Vermilion and Champaign counties.

Champaign educator not finished volunteering

CHAMPAIGN – It was the last day of school in Champaign, and normally John Kirkpatrick would have been handing out report cards and saying goodbye for the summer to his students.

Instead, he spent the day hanging drywall at an apartment building in New Orleans' Ninth Ward.

Teen arrested for fighting in Savoy

SAVOY – A Champaign teen was arrested Saturday night for fighting with the owner of Skateland, 208 W. Curtis Road, Savoy.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said shortly after 11 p.m., the 13-year-old became upset with the owner because his friend's shoes were missing.

Urbana fire from porch damages mobile home, truck, cycle

URBANA – A northeast Urbana mobile home and two vehicles were heavily damaged by fire Saturday, apparently sparked by a charcoal grill left on a porch.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said firefighters were called to the home of Dave Barnett, 100 Captiva, in the Northwood Park about 10 p.m.

Committee to look at ways to improve graduation decorum

DANVILLE – When Teresa Ard watched her son receive his Danville High School diploma about three weeks ago, she felt more like she was at a rowdy hockey game than a graduation ceremony.

Throughout the 90-minute commencement ceremony at the David S. Palmer Arena, she said, people roamed the aisles, stood in their seats– blocking others' views – and talked and yelled over the speakers.

Dustbowl tourneys, youth camp set for July

DANVILLE – Plans for this year's East Central Illinois Community Action Agency's Dustbowl are under way, including adult and youth basketball tournaments and a youth basketball and leadership camp.

The 35th annual Dustbowl Tournament is set for July 24-29 at the David S. Palmer Arena. The NCAA men's bracket has been changed from a 16-team, single-elimination tournament to an eight-team, double-elimination invitational. Eight teams that have shown a commitment to the tournament have been invited, agency officials said.

Sonar, dive teams locate man's body

SHELBYVILLE – An autopsy was scheduled for today on the body of a Champaign man who apparently drowned in Lake Shelbyville over the weekend.

Clifford Miller, 23, of Champaign, formerly of Arcola, was pronounced dead at 11 a.m. Sunday after search crews, using sonar, found his body in the Cove 5 area of the lake, Shelby County Coroner Brian Green said.

Hello (hola): Welcome to increasingly bilingual schools

If it's a Friday during the school year, Iracema Clarke's students are probably speaking English.

But the signs on the wall depict two languages, and the children find Spanish words sneaking into English sentences as they learn about the calendar one February afternoon.

C-U area population boom may help Tuscola draw businesses

All those new homes sprouting up in southwest Champaign and Savoy are doing more than boosting the area's economy.

The wastewater those homes are producing could help Tuscola land the FutureGen clean coal power plant and the Emerald Renewable Energy ethanol plant.