Experts: 'Healthy' tan can be a ticket to skin cancer

MAHOMET – Oh, those relaxing, hot summer days at the pool.

Annalisa Cockerham used to love those days when she was a teenager – and the nice tan she'd get spending so much time in the sun.

But she's become a lot more cautious about her sun exposure since she developed melanoma, the most dangerous kind of skin cancer.

Philo resident still intends to open gun business

PHILO – A resident who asked if he could open a gun business in his home said he still plans to do so, but that he wants to do it right.

Sean Talbott on Wednesday told village board members that he has conducted no business since they decided that his proposed firearms sales and repair shop could qualify as a home-based business.

Man testifies he doesn't recall fatal shooting

URBANA – A Champaign man who had to be arrested to appear as a witness in a Champaign County murder trial told a jury Wednesday he had no recollection of seeing a man shot to death last summer, in contrast to what he told police less than two weeks after it happened.

Urbana man skips arraignment; warrant issued

URBANA – An Urbana man charged with having a loaded gun and drugs at the same time failed to appear for his arraignment Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Judge Richard Klaus issued a warrant for the arrest of Anthony D. Jamerson, 19, who listed an address in the 1300 block of West Beslin Street. He is charged with armed violence, a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from six to 30 years upon conviction, and accused of having the weapon and 2.6 grams of crack cocaine on May 29.

Freestar Bank interim CEO's job made permanent

CHAMPAIGN – P. David Kuhl's interim appointment as president and CEO of Freestar Bank has been made permanent.

"The board of directors met and asked if I would consider coming on full time, and I was having so much fun, I said sure," Kuhl said.

Savoy board OKs annexation of Curtis Road property

SAVOY – The village officially has ownership of a portion of Curtis Road after the board unanimously approved Wednesday night to approve annexation of approximately 18 acres of right of way.

By annexing the property, between Prospect Avenue and about a quarter-mile east of Mattis Avenue, the village will be able to continue construction of the nearly $11 million Curtis Road improvement project, despite opposition from Champaign Township.

Champaign council rejects fee hike for ambulances

CHAMPAIGN – City council members Karen Foster and Marci Dodds said they helped defeat a proposed $20,000 annual fee on Carle-Arrow and Pro ambulance services because they weren't satisfied with city staff justifications for the fees.

"No one could give a straight answer why it was $20,000, instead of $5,000 or $50,000," said Dodds. "No one could say what it was for."

Car slides under truck on I-57; no one injured

CHAMPAIGN – No one was injured when a moving car slid under a semitrailer and crashed into it on Interstate 57 on Wednesday afternoon in rural Champaign.

According to a state police report, Justin Udany, 21, who listed an address in Deerfield, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound on I-57 just north of the Interstate 72 interchange when he attempted to pass a semitrailer driven by Randall R. Makell, 46, who listed an address in Fort Myers, Fla.

Youth programs help make finding summer work possible

DANVILLE – This summer, Renae Adams hopes to find a job typing and filing, or landscaping.

Jeffrey Harris hopes to land work building or remodeling a house.

You might think that could be pretty tough in this tight job market, especially since Harris and Adams are teens. But two new summer youth work programs funded with federal stimulus money could give them and other Vermilion County residents, ages 14 to 24, a chance to do that.

Former Southland employees to gather for reunion

CHAMPAIGN – For former employees of the Southland Corp. in Champaign, "7/11" has special significance.

7-Eleven was the name of the convenience store chain supplied by the Southland distribution center.

And 7/11 – July 11, 2009 – is the date of the 16-year reunion picnic for former Southland employees.