$943,400 contract to replace Centennial bleachers OK'd

CHAMPAIGN – The bleachers at Tommy Stewart Field at Centennial High School will come down beginning June 1, and the Champaign school district will be on an "aggressive" timeline to install new ones before the first football game is played there on Aug. 28.

The current bleachers are more than 40 years old and have extensive structural damage, said Ken Nelson, an architect with Bailey Edward Design of Champaign. The firm is overseeing the bleacher-replacement project for the school district.

Three Champaign streets affected by construction

CHAMPAIGN – Three Champaign streets will be temporarily closed for road work.

The center lane and a southbound lane of Neil Street north of Charles Street were closed Monday morning to allow work crews to complete an emergency sanitary service repair at 821 S. Neil St. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane through April 20.

Names of two drivers killed in collision released

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has released the names of two people killed in a head-on crash on Illinois 10 Monday morning.

Northrup said that Jeffery Pister, 40, of Clinton was pronounced dead at 6:46 a.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Brian Stultz, 29, of Swanton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:54 a.m.

Assistant state's attorney to work for Vermilion board

DANVILLE – Vermilion County Assistant State's Attorney Bill Donahue has taken on a new role for the county. In addition to prosecuting drug cases, he's serving as the Vermilion County Board's on-staff attorney, eliminating the county's need to hire a private attorney on contract.

In early December, Donahue was hired as assistant state's attorney by Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar, who won election in November. Donahue, who had been working as an assistant city attorney and serving as a county board member, resigned both of those positions and took the job with the state's attorney, a county-funded office.

Danville student wins National Achievement award

DANVILLE – A Danville High School senior is one of 800 "outstanding" black college-bound students nationwide to win a National Achievement scholarship this year.

Rantoulites found with 7 lb. of marijuana

RANTOUL – Two Rantoul residents are being held at the Champaign County jail on $75,000 bond each after police found them on Saturday.

According to a Rantoul police report, Rantoul officers assisted the State Police in searching a home at 1164 N. Century Blvd., Rantoul, at 1:15 p.m. Saturday after they obtained a search warrant.

Jesse White to visit Danville on Wednesday

DANVILLE - Secretary of State Jesse White is coming to Danville on Wednes day to promote his organ donation program.

Mary Ann Schultz, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Secretary of State's office, said White will visit  the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois office, 3290 E. Main St., Danville, at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday to promote organ donation.

Fisher eatery owner lauds vote for liquor

FISHER – One businessman welcomes last week's vote that will permit liquor sales in town.

Champaign council to rethink decision on agency grants

CHAMPAIGN – A city council decision to end grants to local social service agencies next fiscal year could be reversed Tuesday night.

The city council will consider Tuesday, in study session, a staff recommendation to set aside a total of $300,000 for the next two fiscal years to provide social service grants and to fund neighborhood improvement initiatives like the youth pilot program in the Garden Hills neighborhood.

Accident on Bradley in Champaign sends two to hospital

CHAMPAIGN – Two people were taken to a local hospital following a head-on crash on Bradley Avenue this morning.

Champaign police Sgt. Charlie Shepard said an eastbound vehicle came over the overpass at Interstate 57 at 7:52 a.m. and saw traffic tied up due to an earlier accident on Springfield Avenue.