Students put in extra time to prepare for testing

CHAMPAIGN – When Centennial High School junior Taryn Moore takes the ACT test Wednesday, she'll be a lot more confident than she was a few months ago.

"I was worried about it because I thought if I didn't do well on the test, I wouldn't be able to do what I want to do when I graduate high school," she said.

More than 100 Homer High School alumni to be at banquet

HOMER – More than 100 former students of Homer High School are expected to attend this year's annual Homer Alumni Banquet on May 24 at the Heritage Junior High and Elementary School Gym in Homer.

The event is being organized by the Homer Alumni Association and the graduating class of 1983.

Recycling event extended for rest of this week

An unexpectedly large response to the electronics recycling event put on by local governments in Champaign County over the weekend has prompted them to extend the service this week.

The contractor for the event, Mack's Twin City Recycling, agreed to take items other than TV sets free at its facility at 2808 N. Lincoln Ave, U, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, according to Susan Monte of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission and Urbana Environmental Manager Rod Fletcher.

Teachers, student music groups to be honored Friday

DANVILLE – The Danville Community Public School Foundation will celebrate excellence in teaching and spotlight student musical ability at an event called "An Evening of Singing and Dancing."

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Danville High School auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St. It is open to the public.

YMCA's Dump & Run Sale donations to begin May 5

The University YMCA will begin accepting donations on May 5 for its Dump & Run Sale.

Donations can be dropped off at the Y, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

DHS phones will be silent to help test takers

DANVILLE – Staff phones at Danville High School will be turned off two days this week while students take their high-stakes standardized tests.

Phones will be off until 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday and until 11:15 a.m. on Thursday.

DACC student trustee to be sworn in

DANVILLE – Megan Binkley has spent more time in a hospital emergency room than a board room.

But that didn't stop the Danville Area Community College nursing student from running for student trustee earlier this month.

Exams set up special-needs children for failure

URBANA – Anthony Tuel seems like a regular kid: dirty blond hair, glasses, a "Hannah Montana" and "Mythbusters" fan who makes an eww! face at the thought of certain vegetables.

He speaks politely, tries to pay attention and works on homework with his mom, Kelly Tuel. He's in fourth grade at Thomas Paine Elementary School in Urbana.

Expert: Older structures vulnerable to 'big one'

Earthquake engineering expert Jim Wilcoski doesn't worry about quake insurance on his house.

Although he might see some of its brick veneer flake off in a really big Midwest tremor, he figures, structural damage is unlikely.

Proposed sales tax would cool Rantoul elementary school

RANTOUL – Elementary school students in Rantoul would be able to learn in air-conditioned comfort if voters approve a proposed sales tax this November.

The Rantoul City Schools board voted 5-1 Thursday to approve an initiative to establish a 1 percent county school facility occupation sales tax in Champaign County.