Go figure: June 3, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Unit 4 teachers whose work with Centennial High's Gay-Straight Alliance has earned them an honor previously bestowed upon ROGER EBERT, LOU HENSON's Flyin' Illini and hundreds of volunteers who helped keep Gifford strong.

Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

4-H naturalist

Champaign 4-H volunteer and Master Naturalist Sandy Lu Newport used curriculum from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to provide the Nature Detectives program for nine youths over six weeks during after-school time at Hessel Park in Champaign.

New faces, new places

On Monday night, the Champaign school board unanimously approved the appointment of Westview Elementary assistant principal Christopher Gilbert as permanent principal at Bottenfield Elementary. Of 12 Unit 4 elementary schools, Bottenfield is among seven to have turnover at the top since the end of last school year. The breakdown:

Student radio project receives grant

LeROY — The littlest LeRoy learners got a big surprise during their last week of school.

Champaign schools won't order out for pizza

Parents, how brand-conscious are your kids?

Would they, for example, turn up their nose at pizza if it didn't come from Papa John's or Domino's?

The Champaign school district will find out for sure when it begins serving pizza made in-house later this summer.

Senior scrapbook

Senior year makes powerful memories.

It's the time in your life when you may be leaving your town and your friends for the first time.

Sure, you'll be back. You'll keep the friends who are worth keeping, and you'll make new ones. There will be a lifetime of memories. But you can only make that senior memory once.

Memorial to Blue Ridge teacher proposed

FARMER CITY — To improve the look of Main Street, some residents are urging a mural dedicated to late Blue Ridge teacher Mike Hendricks.

Urbana moves commencement indoors

URBANA — The Urbana High School commencement ceremony will be held in the Urbana Middle School gym on Saturday due to the threat of bad weather.

Graduation originally was to be held in the McKinley football field stadium. The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, and doors to the middle school gym will open at 9 a.m.

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.

'I am so proud of you'

URBANA — When Floretha Pierce first enrolled at Urbana High as a freshman in 1994, she looked forward to four years of learning, joining the Tiger track team and singing in the school choir.

Then life happened. Twice.

"I had two kids by the time I was 15 years old," she said.