Contract awarded for Danville High School roof work

DANVILLE – Contractors will replace a leaky roof at Danville High School this summer.

Danville school board members on Wednesday approved awarding a $437,200 contract to Advanced Roofing to replace the roof on the original building. The only portion that won't be replaced is the area over the auditorium.

Cheer up, Broadmeadow students: one more summer...

RANTOUL – Students attending summer school at Rantoul City Schools will no longer have to sit through classes in sweltering non-air conditioned classrooms beginning in 2011.

Heat and a lack of air conditioning led the school to send students attending summer school at Broadmeadow Elementary School home early on Wednesday.

UI researchers' work flies Air Hobbico to help Boeing

CHAMPAIGN – Radio-controlled planes can be a lot of fun. But they also have practical value, as was proved in a recent demonstration of new technology by Boeing Co.

The technology – which involves the transmission of video data from airborne planes to units on the ground – could end up helping firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to crises such as earthquakes and floods.

Indian Market and Festival to take place this weekend

The Eiteljorg Museum will present its 17th annual Indian Market and Festival this weekend on the museum grounds at White River State Park on the west side of downtown Indianapolis.

The Indian Market and Festival on Saturday and Sunday will feature more work by 130 American Indian artists; performances by native storytellers, dancers and singers; food including Indian tacos; and family activities, from mask-making to corncob-dart tossing.

Tried and True: Cucumber Pasta Salad a cool treat

Becky Rodgers of Clinton offers this recipe for Cucumber Pasta Salad. She tried it and recommends it to others.

If you would like to share a recipe you've had success with, mail to or The News-Gazette, Recipes, 15 Main St., Champaign, IL 61820.

Decisions expected on Champaign magnet schools' themes

CHAMPAIGN – Two elementary schools in Champaign will focus on either international education or science, technology, engineering and math if the Champaign school board approves those themes this week.

The school district plans to create magnet schools at Garden Hills and Washington elementary schools. A committee has recommended two themes for the schools – Primary Years Programme/Fine Arts and STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Danville teens learn work skills the hard way

DANVILLE – By 10 a.m. Tuesday, Tre' Von McCrady and Byron Beard's shirts were damp with sweat.

The Danville teens had spent the past hour removing guttering from an old house on Grant Street, nailing loose boards and scraping off several layers of peeling paint. Their hard work was made even harder by the 90-degree-plus heat.

But the teens weren't complaining about the work, even the heat.

Heritage district hopes 3rd architect hired will be last

HOMER – Heritage school board has hired Gilfillan Callahan Nelson Architects, based out of Rolling Meadows, to take over the delayed cafeteria and gymnasium projects at the district's two campuses. This is the third firm hired on the project; the first was fired for missed deadlines, the second for lack of an on-staff architect.

Superintendent Andrew Larson said completion is now scheduled for the end of July 2010. The project was initially scheduled to be completed by fall 2009.

UI trustees to weigh a slight tuition increase

URBANA – Urbana campus freshmen could pay $370 more a year in University of Illinois tuition, or 4 percent, a significantly smaller increase than in recent years.

Urbana Middle hits progress goals for 1st time since '06

URBANA – For the past two years, Urbana Middle School failed to meet state learning standards, and one of the reasons for the shortfall was test scores for special education students.

"We hadn't moved in a couple of years, and we were pretty disappointed with that, because we have a wonderful staff and they were working hard," said Principal Nancy Clinton.