Council candidate emerges from southeast Urbana

URBANA – A neighborhood activist says she plans to run for the Urbana City Council in Ward 7 as a Democrat. And two other Ward 7 residents are considering a city council bid.

Diane Marlin, 55, 2203 Boudreau Circle, said she has taken out a candidacy petition and intends to run in Ward 7, which is in southeast Urbana, mostly south of Florida Avenue between Race Street and Philo Road.

Community group to host food giveaway for needy families

CHAMPAIGN – A community organizing group in north Champaign will host a food giveaway for needy families Saturday.

About 8,000 pounds of food, enough for approximately 250 families, will be given out from 9 a.m. to noon at the Apostolic Faith Church, 101 E. Bellefontaine St., C., near Market Street.

Chief group gets trademark warning

Items, logo on Web site were targets of the objection

A student group that supports bringing back Chief Illiniwek has received notice from the University of Illinois that it has infringed on the university's Chief trademarks.

Sidney officials discuss regional sewer system

PHILO – The Sidney village president and a village engineer attended the Philo Village Board meeting Wednesday to talk about possibilities for creating a regional sanitary sewer system.

Sidney village President John Finn said there are numerous economic benefits to regionalization, including increasing chances of receiving grant money.

Administrator at UI selected as LAS dean

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois has named Ruth Watkins as the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest college on campus.

Watkins has been a vice provost of academic affairs and professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the university.

Crescent-Iroquois High School will be deactivated

CRESCENT CITY – When Crescent-Iroquois High School holds its graduation ceremonies next spring, the seniors won't be the only ones saying their last goodbyes.

The freshmen, sophomores and juniors will also be going their separate ways, transferring to one of three neighboring high schools beginning with the 2009-10 academic year.

Woman recovering after being attacked in her home

URBANA – An Urbana woman was recovering this morning from injuries she sustained after being attacked in her own home Wednesday evening.

Delinquent water customers in Buckley face shut-off

BUCKLEY – Residents who are delinquent in their water bills will have their water shut off, now that village trustees have directed the water superintendent to enforce the nonpayment rule.

At a recent meeting, trustees went through a stack of delinquent bills and asked water superintendent Jim Longest why the water service continued for residents with delinquent bills.

Sidney public hearing scheduled to discuss cell tower

SIDNEY – Next week the public will get its chance to have a say in whether a cell tower comes to Sidney.

The Sidney zoning board of appeals will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sidney village hall, 221 S. David St. At the hearing, representatives of Itasca-based U.S. Cellular will present their case on why the company should be allowed to erect a 258-foot cell tower on the town's west side, just east of a mini-warehouse business at 511 W. Main St.

Cornbelt firefighters' dismissals stand

MAHOMET – Despite firefighters' pleas – and statements made by their families and community members – the Cornbelt Fire Protection District Board decided on Wednesday to uphold a decision to remove three volunteer firefighters from the department.

Chris Craig, Luke Turner and Darren McCoy were dismissed from the department. Their firings, Craig said, came about because they were marked present for calls they didn't attend. Before the decision, Craig and Turner asked the board to reconsider and pointed out that mistakes about attendance are common. McCoy wasn't at the meeting.