DACC schedules computer classes for all skill levels

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department will offer a number of computer classes for people just getting started, wanting to try something new or just brushing up on their skills.

Computer classes are held at the DACC Village Mall Education Center, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

Public media to air gubernatorial debates in January

URBANA – Illinois Public Media and WSIU Public Broadcasting will host two separate debates next month between the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates.

The Republican debate, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, will be held at WILL-TV in Champaign-Urbana.

Area Update

St. Joseph grade school district cuts tax rate

ST. JOSEPH – Thanks to the county's new school sales tax, the property tax rate for The St. Joseph Community Consolidated School District will drop in the upcoming year, said Superintendent Todd Pence.

Group seeks assistance in shot at world record

DANVILLE – What's more fun than watching someone drop a roll of Mentos into a 2-liter bottle of soda and seeing the fizzy liquid shoot out of the bottle like Old Faithful?

Peer Court offering teens training as attorneys

DANVILLE – Local teenagers interested in a career in law, law enforcement, education, counseling or psychology can get experience as a teen attorney in the Peer Court program, which is offering teen attorney training on Tuesday.

Youth from 13 years old to teenagers in high school are invited to attend the training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison Park Clubhouse, 1300 W. Voorhees St., Danville.

Area Update

Gifford Grade School has good news on tax rates

GIFFORD – While tax levy increases are the norm in most other area school districts, that is not the case in the Gifford Grade School district.

Tax levy for Villa Grove schools rises 8.2 percent

VILLA GROVE – The Villa Grove school district is submitting a tax levy request of $2,663,513, an increase of 8.2 percent from last year's levy.

Superintendent Steve Poznic told board members the increase is an effort to offset budget concerns over the continued lack of state funding payments.

Proposal emerges for historical society relocation

GEORGETOWN – City officials agreed to a proposal on Monday that would lay out the terms by which the Georgetown Historical Society could move its exhibits to the former public library building.

Earlier this month, Georgetown Historical Society members told Georgetown City Council members that the Historical House at the corner of Huffman and North Main streets needs repairs to its foundation, has a termite infestation, needs new windows and a repainting, and is currently open to the public only by appointment.

1956 grad selected for Danville High's Wall of Fame

DANVILLE – Whenever Dr. Ronald Gillum returns to Danville High School, his alma mater, he enjoys looking at the Wall of Fame.

On his next visit, the 1956 graduate will see his picture among the members including the likes of Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman, Tostan founder Molly Melching and retired Superintendent David Fields.

Students, faculty bid farewell to Washington Elementary

CHAMPAIGN – There were treats for kids and gifts for teachers, an afternoon dance party in one room, a movie in another. Goodbyes until after the winter break.

But the boxes stacked in classrooms and lining the hallways were evidence that the teachers and students at Booker T. Washington Elementary School would not be coming back. Friday was the last day of classes in the building, which will be demolished to make way for a new school on the same site.