Districts take step toward potential merger

BISMARCK — On the first day of the newly-consolidated Salt Fork school district in southern Vermilion County, two school districts in the north part of the county took the first step toward their own possible merger.

At a special joint meeting Wednesday, the Bismarck-Henning and Rossville-Alvin school boards agreed to study the idea of forming a cooperative high school.

Vermilion districts talking high school co-op

BISMARCK — Bismarck-Henning and Rossville-Alvin schools officials will meet today to discuss the idea of forming a cooperative high school.

The Rossville-Alvin district, which deactivated its high school in 2005, has been sending its 9th through 12th-grade students to Bismarck-Henning and Hoopeston Area high schools under deactivation agreements with those districts since 2006.

New dean chosen for Graduate College

URBANA — For the second time in a day, the University of Illinois has chosen a new dean from its own faculty ranks.

Professor Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, head of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health since 2005, was named dean of the UI Graduate College on Tuesday. He will assume the job on Aug. 16, pending approval by UI trustees.

Updated: Brown picked to be next dean of UI College of Business

CHAMPAIGN — Jeffrey Brown, a longtime University of Illinois finance professor and retirement policy expert, will be the next dean of the UI College of Business pending approval by trustees.

Salt Fork wants to partner with Oakwood on soccer

CATLIN — Salt Fork Community School Board members said they are interested in partnering with the Oakwood school district on a high school soccer program.

Next UI class will have more state residents, black students

URBANA — After years of decline, the freshman class entering the University of Illinois this fall should have more Illinois residents and more black students, based on the latest admissions data.

Unit 4 pleased with financial windfall from state

The head of Champaign public schools said the district will avoid dipping into savings at the moment, now that the governor has approved legislation to increase funding for education.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill Wednesday that provides $269 million more  than last fiscal year for K through 12 and early childhood education across the state beginning July 1.

In death, Wagner enriches life in Danville

DANVILLE — Robert E. Wagner lived a quiet, unassuming life.

He died just as quietly on April 4, 2014, at the age of 89 — not wanting a funeral, visitation or newspaper obituary, just a simple burial next to the graves of his parents and only sibling.

Unraveling 'chemystry' of food

DANVILLE — Nathan Belton thought he was a Pop Rocks expert. But on Wednesday, the soon-to-be North Ridge Middle School eighth-grader made some new and interesting discoveries about the tasty treat.

DACC honors list

Danville Area Community College Spring 2015 President's & Honor's List:

Alvin — Honor's List: Katie J. Brumett, Sofia K. Dumlao.

Belgium — Honor's List: Isaiah Crowl.