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Champaign high school students to receive laptops

CHAMPAIGN — A Chromebook in every hand: That’s Unit 4’s plan for all incoming high school students this year.

The school district announced via letter that all high-schoolers would not only receive the laptop, carrying case and charger for free, but could also keep them after graduating. The change also involves a few more staff and technology additions to the schools.

7 hurt in apparent gang-related shooting at party

AURORA (AP) — Police say seven people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting at a child's birthday party in suburban Chicago.

The shooting happened early Sunday in Aurora.

Mentor coordinator knows the power of making a connection

When it comes to the CU1to1 program, KARIDIA SHELBY has literally done it all.

A mentee who still keeps in touch with the mentor she met in third grade, Shelby also mentored a student not long after having a child of her own. That's how much the program meant to her.

Area schools plan for the worst in wake of more school shootings

CHAMPAIGN — After the year's 15th school shooting in which someone was either killed or injured — this time Friday morning in Noblesville, Ind. — Dan Jensen is fresh out of words of wisdom for his 16-year-old daughter.

The Champaign man tried to talk to her about the issue of gun violence at large after a March massacre left 17 dead at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

IDEA store plans move to Lincoln Square

URBANA — The retail branch of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is ready to graduate.

The IDEA store, which launched in 2010, announced Wednesday that it will be moving to the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana later this year as it becomes an independent nonprofit.

A new purpose for Unit 4's pricey purchase on Interstate Drive

CHAMPAIGN — Four years after Unit 4 spent $3.2 million for 80 acres of farmland near Interstate Drive, the onetime would-be home of the new Champaign Central High School will serve a dual purpose this summer.

Unit 4 program puts spotlight on parents' role in education

Inherently, moving children through the school system is a student-focused endeavor for most families and the districts that serve them.

But Unit 4 engagement director Katina Wilcher and Champaign-Urbana Area Project director Patricia Avery decided Unit 4 needed to adopt a wider focus — one that recognized parents as essential to student success.

Champaign apartment fire: 'I thought it was something minor, but this is amazing'

CHAMPAIGN — A large Randolph Street apartment complex was evacuated after a two-alarm fire broke out Friday evening on the third floor.

The call came in to the Champaign Fire Department at 6:04 p.m., and when firetrucks arrived at the scene at 609 S. Randolph St., they found flames coming from near the northwest corner of the third floor and spreading to the atrium roof.

Centennial students try to be 'a big help' on Austin's Day

URBANA — On Austin's Day, Centennial High School volunteers try to make a difference in order to honor a fallen former Centennial student.

And this Saturday, they once again succeeded in that goal.

Distinguished Alumni | Maroon lays ground work

Local high school sports followers from the '90s may remember the name JANELLE JOHNSON, the two-sport Champaign Central standout whose athletic achievements helped earn her a scholarship to Purdue.