Building home field

CHAMPAIGN — After years of shuttling teams to Savoy, Rantoul and anywhere else with a free field, Judah Christian's athletes will soon have their own turf to call home.

The Gene A. Salmon Field of Dreams, now weeks away from completion, cost $3 million to build and comes more than three decades after the private Christian school opened.

2nd trial begins in conservative's bias claim against U Iowa

RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

Getting Personal: Chris Kloeppel

Getting Personal with Savoy resident Chris Kloeppel, new Unit 4 school board president.

Westville schools chief leads final meeting

WESTVILLE — After 11 years as district superintendent, Jim Owens led his final meeting of the Westville school board this week.

Owens is retiring on June 30. Seth Miller, the district's director of operations, will succeed him.

New principal: DeLand-Weldon a fit 'from the first get-go'

DELAND — Amanda Geary has spent most of her 15-year teaching career in the Logan County seat of Lincoln, but there should be no culture shock when she takes on DeLand-Weldon principal duties next month.

Growing up in Mackinaw, Geary embraces small towns — and small schools.

Demand on the rise for medical assistants

CHAMPAIGN — They call you back from the waiting room, put you on the scale and check your vital signs, then smilingly leave you in the exam room to wait for your doctor to arrive.

Sound like a job for you?

Medical assistants, who are typically a patient's first contact in a doctor's office after check-in at the reception desk, happen to be in big demand.

Fisher considers school insurance consortium

FISHER — The school board will consider whether to join a consortium of other school districts to reduce its health insurance costs. But it will require a three-year commitment.

PBL leads state in leading FFA

PAXTON — With Kade Hill's election as the new state FFA president, Paxton's school system now has had an unprecedented four alumni lead the Illinois Association FFA.

No other system in the state has had more. Hill joins fellow Paxton-Buckley-Loda High graduates Mike Shively (2011-12) and Brad Pilcher (2006-07) and Paxton High's Dennis Dazey (1971-72) as state FFA presidents.

$10 million for Extension finally released

URBANA — Like other state-funded agencies, University of Illinois Extension is anxiously awaiting a resolution to the state budget standoff.

But the statewide outreach program got some good news this week: About $10 million in Extension funding held up for most of the current fiscal year was finally released Friday.

Go figure: June 19, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines

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Scheduled flight time today for a red-tailed hawk that's been on the mend since arriving at the UI's Wildlife Medical Clinic in rough shape.