Technology helps boost heart health at SJ-O

ST. JOSEPH — Nearly 80 percent of St. Joseph-Ogden High School's PE students are in better shape now than they were in the fall.

That's all thanks to some new technology and some innovative teachers who worked to incorporate a new heart rate monitoring system into daily lessons at the school.

The before, during and after of school lockdowns

On May 6,  five Champaign schools were placed on lockdown after police spotted an individual running nearby with a gun. Earlier this school year in Urbana, both Prairie Elementary and the Early Childhood School were locked down while police conducted a search warrant in a nearby neighborhood.

University leaders take case to legislators

Faced with legislative criticism over high tuition and "lavish perks" for administrators, the state's public universities took their cause to Springfield on Tuesday.

Monticello gets look at school projects, costs

MONTICELLO — Board members got a look at a long list of potential Monticello school building improvements — and their estimated costs.

The school board decided to get prices on upgrades after voters turned down a $40 million referendum to build a new high school and consolidate elementary students at the current high school site.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities


— Kate Stadel of Tolono has received Indiana State University's most prestigious scholarship. She is among 20 students from around the country selected as President's Scholars for the 2015-16 school year. The President's Scholarship provides full, in-state tuition and premium housing and has a total four-year value of more than $74,000.

Next Generation student's result on national French test: Magnifique!

CHAMPAIGN — Out of the 70 questions on the French national exam seventh-grader Anushka Agrawal took with the rest of her class last month, she only had to guess on one.

And she guessed right.

As a student at Next Generation Middle School enrolled in French 2, Anushka was one of just four students in the country to earn a perfect score on the 60-minute timed test.

Go figure: May 27, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Price tag for the snazzy new scoreboard Rantoul High hopes to have in place by fall at Bill Walsh Field.

Who's No. 1?

CHAMPAIGN — Having Co-valedictorian, Class of 2000, Central HS on his college application helped convince Northwestern University swim coaches that Tom Lockman was worth spending a scholarship on.

LeRoy projects $385,000 loss in state school funding

LeROY — A $384,502 loss in state funding is projected in the fiscal year 2016 LeRoy schools budget, with about $98,000 of that in transportation.

'65, '74 grads to join Bement hall of fame

BEMENT — Bement High School graduates Tonya Flavin and Stephen Gonzalez will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame during fall homecoming.