EIU waiving its application fee until Oct. 15

CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois University is taking aggressive steps to recruit new high school seniors to the Charleston campus.

EIU announced Thursday that it would open its application process for the fall 2018 semester next Thursday.

And it is waiving the $30 application fee for all freshman and transfer students who apply between then and Oct. 15.

Vandalism to field forces Rantoul Township's graduation indoors

RANTOUL — For years, graduation ceremonies at Rantoul Township High School have been held outdoors, weather permitting.

But it won't be bad weather forcing proceedings into the large gymnasium at the school this year.

Tonight's graduation ceremonies will be moved indoors as a result of an act of vandalism to the school's football field.

Entertainment listings, May 25-June 1, 2017


This weekend


What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Hosted by local players from Bridge at Ginger Creek community bridge club.

When:9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily May 25-29.

Where: Hawthorn Suites, Champaign.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Parkland just start for Congolese immigrant

URBANA — When Tony Mongulu started at Parkland College five years ago, he was simply hoping to improve his English.

Then, he decided to go on and get his associate degree at Parkland in business administration, then his bachelor's degree.

Just 1 Question: Accelerated Readers in Danville

Throughout the school year, Danville schools' K-8 students have been reading books — lots and lots of books — and testing their reading comprehension through the Accelerated Reader program.

Now at the end of the year, eight have made it into the AR 500 Point Club with many earning well beyond the minimum points.

Danville student proposes dress-code revisions to board

DANVILLE — While a committee that's been discussing possible revisions to the Danville school district's "uniform standard of dress" made no formal recommendation to the school board on Wednesday, a few high school students did.

Top of the Morning, May 25, 2017

Seniors at Champaign Central weren't the only ones having fun Tuesday in front of the high school.

Cory Rodeheaver and Dawn Bane of Spectrum Design Group used the opportunity to post to Instagram and Facebook a 13-second video touting their upcoming open house.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Westville alum earns diploma, DACC degree at same time

WESTVILLE — When Lexi Shae Karuzis makes the leap from Westville High School to a university campus in August, the 18-year-old may find the pace a bit slower.

Teacher of the Week: Mike Kietzman

Today, we're wrapping up our popular Teacher of the Week series for the school year with a man who's wrapping up a 33-year teaching career this week. The series will resume in August, but feel free to nominate a difference-making educator throughout the summer.

Sensors replacing soil sampling at UI's Morrow Plots

URBANA — Researchers are trying something new on the country's oldest experimental crop field.

Instead of using soil probes, workers are measuring the soil at the University of Illinois' Morrow Plots with sensors.

While each probe only took a small amount of dirt from the ground, that added up over the years.