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Keon Clark released from jail after posting bond

URBANA – Former NBA player Keon Clark was released from the Champaign County Jail following his arrest in Vermilion County on a warrant for drunken driving.

Clark, 32, of Danville was arraigned and pleaded innocent Tuesday morning on a Champaign County felony charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol over 0.08 percent and driving with a revoked license. He was released from the Champaign County Jail after bail was posted.

'Race over Rantoul' set this weekend

RANTOUL – This weekend, some of the best giant-scale radeo-controlled racing pilots in the country will gather at the Rantoul National Aviation Center for the Unlimited Scale Racing Association's "Race Over Rantoul."

The event is open to the public, with racing starting at 9 a.m. and ending Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

Grant to expand Schlarman science curriculum

DANVILLE – Next school year, some Schlarman students will conduct an experiment to learn how wind energy can turn on a light bulb.

Their teacher hopes the activity and others on alternative energy sources will spark their interest in science and technology.

Hoopeston salon owner one of 80 Mrs. Illinois America semifinalists

HOOPESTON – Angie Simpson of Hoopeston is a semi-finalist in the 31st Mrs. Illinois America pageant.

The two-day event will take place at the Hemmens Theater of Performing Arts in Elgin on June 29 and 30.

Overtime budget talks yield no progress

SPRINGFIELD – The first round of overtime budget talks on Tuesday failed to resolve the stalemate over a spending plan for the year beginning July 1.

"It was not an extremely productive meeting," said Patty Schuh, spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson, R-Greenville.

Danville Mass Transit workers' contract extended

DANVILLE – Danville Mass Transit workers will receive a 3 percent salary increase as part of an extension agreement the city council approved Tuesday night with their union.

Laborers' International Union of North America Local 703 represents about 15 mass-transit workers, whose contract with the city expired July 1, 2006.

Police vet named director of Danville public safety

DANVILLE – A 30-year veteran of the Danville Police Department has been named the city's new public safety director.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer named police spokesman Larry Thomason to the position – one of seven candidates who applied for the job.

Keon Clark arraigned on charges

URBANA – Former NBA player Keon Clark is being held in the Champaign County jail after being arrested in Vermilion County on a warrant for drunken driving.

Clark, 32, of Danville was arraigned and pleaded innocent Tuesday on a Champaign County felony charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol (with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.08 percent) and driving with a revoked license. As of Tuesday afternoon, Clark was still in custody in the Champaign County jail.

3 area fire districts receive state grants

Fire protection districts in Rossville, Pesotum and Ivesdale shared in nearly $1 million worth of state grants announced on Monday.

"Local fire departments need to have the right equipment to protect the communities they serve," said a statement from Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Hoopeston bowling alley closes its doors

HOOPESTON – Pla-Mor Lanes in Hoopeston closed its doors last Thursday without warning.

According to Bill Nichols, Community Bank president, JoAnn Gress came into the bank office, dropped the keys off and said, "I'm done."