UI faculty departures up 59% over last August

URBANA — Updated numbers on faculty departures from the University of Illinois show 70 resignations over the past 12 months, a 59 percent increase over the previous year.

Vermilion County high schools eyeing merger

BISMARCK — Two northern Vermilion County school districts are moving closer toward a possible merger.

The Bismarck-Henning and Rossville-Alvin school boards are meeting today to continue discussions on forming a cooperative high school.

Their goal: Put the question to voters on the April 4 ballot.

Hoopeston man's invention could be a sleeper hit

HOOPESTON — There's no shortage of professionals in the Manion family.

Retired from a long career as a Hoopeston-based attorney, Paul Manion and his wife, Bonnie, have six adult children — two engineers, a lawyer, a doctor, a quality control manager and a physicist turned farmer.

But only one inventor. That may soon change.

Heat's on, school's off: Central has decision down to a science

UPDATE: Due to high temperatures and humidity inside the building, Central will dismiss school at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday. All afternoon athletic activities will be held as scheduled.

CHAMPAIGN — Central High School students usually don't need a thermometer to know if they'll get out early on the warmest days of the year.

This day in history, Aug. 30, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 30, the 243rd day of 2016.

There are 123 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On Aug. 30, 1861, Union Gen. John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri and declared slaves there to be free. (However, Fremont's emancipation order was countermanded by President Abraham Lincoln).

On this date:

Area history, Aug. 30, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Mondelez says bid for Hershey has ended

NEW YORK (AP) — Oreo cookie maker Mondelez says it has ended discussions to buy The Hershey Co., a combination that would have created a global powerhouse selling some of the world's best known chocolates and snacks.

Foot Locker shooting for wider appeal

NEW YORK (AP) — Start with the shoes but move on from there. That's the plan at Foot Locker Inc., long known for its sneakers, which is reorganizing its stores to highlight top brands, designating areas to showcase trends and adding more displays of full sports gear to encourage broader shopping.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2016

No longer the No. 1 party school in the country, Illinois still stayed in the Top 5 for the fifth consecutive year.

Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges” — released Monday — named Big Ten rival Wisconsin as the top party school. The UI checked in at No. 3 behind West Virginia.

Police seeking man in holdup at Danville Dairy Queen

DANVILLE — Police said two Dairy Queen employees were robbed at gunpoint late Sunday night as they were leaving the business.

At 11:26 p.m., police were called to the business at 1203 E. Main St. in Danville for an armed robbery.