Children's play presents 3 Washington Irving tales

URBANA – Urbana High School students are presenting their 22nd annual children's play at UHS Cobb Auditorium.

"Gold in the Bones: Three Haunted Tales by Washington Irving" will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. today and Feb. 12 and 13. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.

New Web site to share ideas, info on UI resources

URBANA – The University of Illinois has launched a new budget Web site to give students and employees input on how to best use scarce university resources.

The site, "Stewarding Excellence at Illinois," was created to provide a "one-stop source" for people who are curious about the ongoing budget review process, are working on a budget issue on campus, or want to offer ideas, UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler said on Friday.

Unit 4 issues building bonds

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has issued $86.7 million in building bonds, the first school district in Champaign County to sell bonds to be repaid by the countywide school facilities sales tax.

New Parkland program educates science teachers

CHAMPAIGN – While Jennifer Smith's eighth-grade students at Monticello Middle School are learning about the nervous system, the circulatory system and water quality in science class this year, Smith has been learning as well.

The science teacher took an online class in genetics last fall from Parkland College, and this semester she is learning about biotechnology.

She is one of a handful of teachers who are participating in a new project at Parkland, a science-education seminar for K-12 teachers.

Vermilion museum to celebrate Lincoln anniversary

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum will celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 201st birthday anniversary with an open house from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 116 N. Gilbert St.

The museum received 493 cards from 11 area schools for its annual Lincoln birthday card contest. The grand prize winner was Wyatt Edwards, a fourth-grade student at Bismarck-Henning Elementary School.

Parkland saluted as being patriotic employer

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College is a good employer for service members called to duty, a Defense Department agency says.

Urbana school board expected to abate taxes at meeting

URBANA – The Urbana school district plans to abate property taxes by about $666,667 this year, with money it is to receive from the county's school facilities sales tax.

The district expects to receive nearly $3 million per year from the sales tax, and it pledged to use $1 million every year toward its bond levy until the bonds are paid off.

Resources available for those dealing with medical issues

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois-Chicago Division of Specialized Care for Children in Champaign is one of 13 regional offices and serves families in Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Through its staff of nurses, social workers and therapists, the agency provides coordination for care of children with disabilities and those who have conditions which may lead to disabilities, according to its Web site.

Lunch and Learn begins this month

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Department of Community Education will offer monthly Lunch and Learn sessions on a variety of topics beginning this month.

Sessions are at noon in the Bremer Conference Center on campus, 2000 E. Main St. Soup and salad will be served.

Longtime RTHS school chief set inspirational standard

RANTOUL – He played football against Ronald Reagan. He is believed to have been the oldest Rotarian in Illinois. And he served Rantoul Township High School as superintendent for more than 30 years.

Lynn Gibbs was remembered as a man who didn't like to boast about his accomplishments, yet accomplished a great deal while inspiring many of those around him.