Memorial to tragedy brings lesson to the living

CHAMPAIGN — Since he was 10 years old, Caleb Roch knew he wanted to be a cop.

Besides the Cubs and playing baseball, police work was the passion of the 2006 Centennial High School graduate.

By 20, he had part-time jobs as a security guard at Market Place Mall and a dispatcher for the Parkland College Police Department.

'You can take off now'

SAVOY — So much for theory.

Three days into Aviation 101, Kate Benhoff found herself on the runway sitting on the left side (the pilot side) of a Piper Archer, with the instructor to her right. After some pre-flight instruction, her instructor said something like "you can take off now," prompting something that felt like "the scariest event of my life."

Philo resident renews plea for golf team at Unity High

TOLONO — For the second year in a row, a community member has proposed starting a golf team at Unity High School.

Philo resident Doug Boyer, who has taught the sport for the past five years at the University of Illinois, first made the proposals to the Unit 7 school last March. This week, he made the request again.

Bill Nye says he underestimated debate's impact

DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press

G-RF board member resigns

GEORGETOWN — For the fifth time in the last 15 months, officials are seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board.

Diane Dawson, who was elected last April, is the latest member to resign. Board President Kevin Latoz said Dawson cited a time commitment to another organization as her reason for leaving.

Work at State Farm Center sends UHS graduation back to school

URBANA — After four decades of holding graduation ceremonies at the former Assembly Hall, Urbana High School is returning its cap and gown ceremony to the home of the Tigers.

Construction work at State Farm Center will prevent Urbana from holding its high school graduation there for the first time since 1973, Principal Matthew Stark said.

Champaign school officials give suggestions for reorganization

Superintendent's team recommends having K-8 school, rebuilding Edison, Dr. Howard

CHAMPAIGN — If Unit 4's administration had its way, both Edison Middle and Dr. Howard Elementary schools would be rebuilt at new locations, and the district would offer at least one school providing classes for grades K-8.

Peoria school district lays off 200 workers

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria's school board has voted to lay off nearly 200 employees — mostly full- and part-time teachers.

PBL board to OK first class of new Hall of Fame

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve the first induction class for the newly created PBL Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

PBL High School Principal Travis Duley, one of six members of the Hall of Fame selection committee, said three candidates will be considered for induction during Wednesday's board meeting.

New rules bring fresh look at school lunch

When the bell for Monticello High School's first lunch period rings, freshman Blakley Nesselrodt heads to "the snack bar" in the cafeteria.

Never mind that it's two or three times as long as the hot lunch line.

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