Teacher's trip almost Finn-ished

DANVILLE – Marja Luopa of Finland had wanted to study in the United States since 1980, when her sister was an exchange student in Texas and her family hosted a student from Colorado.

Luopa finally got to do that this month – as a teacher, through the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs' faculty exchange program.

Bremer Center allows DACC students to spread their wings

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College student Jessica Gulley still remembers when she danced in a cabaret show at the Bremer Conference and Workforce Development Center five years ago.

There were no dressing rooms, so she and other performers had to change costumes between acts wherever they could.

Student cleared for school following treatment

CHAMPAIGN – An Edison Middle School student who contracted an antibiotic-resistant staph infection has been released by a doctor to return to school, according to a letter sent home last week to Edison parents.

"We have received confirmation that the student is not contagious and poses no risk of infection," said the letter from Edison Principal Joe Williams.

Children with vision problems learn home-maintenance skills

URBANA – Mandi Monney knows how to change a light bulb. She knows how to put in a smoke detector battery. She knows how to do some light cleaning.

And she can't wait to put her skills to use at home.

Kankakee man headed back to prison for drunken driving

KANKAKEE – Terry Clark, the 45-year-old Kankakee man responsible for killing two Ogden sisters in a drunken driving incident 10 years ago, was sentenced Monday to the maximum prison term after many delays in a separate drunken driving case.

Assistant Kankakee County State's Attorney Mike Quinlan said Clark was sentenced Monday to 10 years for driving under the influence of alcohol. The prosecutor said Clark also was given a concurrent five-year sentence for driving with a revoked license.

Danville school district may update computers

DANVILLE – The Danville school district is considering a new computer software package – one officials say will make data entry more efficient and accessing everything from homework assignments to personal employee information faster and easier.

Board members on Wednesday will vote on whether to purchase student and financial applications from Wisconsin-based Skyward, which has offices in Bloomington. The cost, which will be available at the meeting, includes consulting services and training for local staff.

Proponents see soccer team as cultural bridge in Arcola

ARCOLA – Soccer has always been an important part of life for 17-year-old Hugo Delarosa Jr.

It's a tradition in his family; in his Hispanic culture. A possible way to get a free ride to college after he graduates in 2009.

G-RF district fails to meet progress goals for 4th year

GEORGETOWN – School officials said Monday they are concerned that the district failed to meet its adequate yearly progress goals for the fourth year in a row, but steps are already being taken to try to better prepare students for the standardized state tests they will take this spring.

Each spring, elementary and middle school students across the state take the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, and 11th-grade students take the Prairie State Achievement Exam. The results allow school officials to see how their students compare with their peers statewide, as well as how they are progressing from year to year.

Renovation ready for trustees' visit

DANVILLE – The last time most Danville Area Community College trustees were inside the Bremer Conference and Workforce Development Center, the $5.44 million renovation and expansion project was still months away from completion.

On Tuesday, they will see the building in its finished state.

Hoopeston board looks at changes in baseball co-op contract

HOOPESTON – Hoopeston Area school board members will vote next month on a baseball co-op with Rossville-Alvin and Hoopeston Area Middle School.

Board members discussed changes this week to the co-op agreement, which will allow both seventh- and eighth-graders to participate. Superintendent Hank Hornbeck said only eighth-graders were allowed last year.