Kids get Web site to learn about weather

URBANA – On Monday, raindrops didn't seem too hard to catch – it was avoiding them that required some skill (or good raingear, anyway).

But catching virtual raindrops can be a little trickier.

DACC center puts emphasis on success

DANVILLE – When Chelsea Booher first visited Danville Area Community College's Student Success Center, she knew the center offered tutoring to first-generation college students like herself.

But she didn't know the center also offered counseling; workshops on managing time and stress, taking tests and other topics; even visits to four-year colleges.

DACC program aims to help low-income residents

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College will host the 10th annual ENRICH program for low-income residents on March 14.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Vermilion Hall's Room 306 on DACC's main campus, 2000 E. Main St.

Parkland program receives honors for its excellence

CHAMPAIGN – A center at Parkland College that helps students develop their academic skills is one of eight programs in the nation being recognized as exemplary community college programs.

Parkland's Center for Academic Success brings together several services to help students learn study skills, prepare for taking college-level courses if they are not at that level yet, and get tutoring help

Longtime P.E. teacher relishes keeping youngsters active

URBANA – When Ann Yarber was a kid, she loved activity – always running, jumping, playing.

Though one of her knees might feel different these days, she still enjoys being active.

Tuscola parents express concerns over bullies, policies

TUSCOLA – A group of parents told the Tuscola school board and a room full of teachers that they believed bullying to be a major issue at all grade levels.

Parent Sandy Oye went to a local television station earlier in the week with concerns that her son had been bullied. She said she wanted to create awareness about the problem, not to bring negative attention to the district.

Parkland board approves tuition increases

CHAMPAIGN – In-district Parkland College students will be paying $5 more per credit hour, beginning this summer.

Those students will see their tuition increase to $84 per credit hour, under an increase approved by the college's board of trustees Wednesday night.

Danville school officials back graduation ticket requirement

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday threw their support behind a proposal aimed at improving decorum and security at the high school's graduation ceremony.

Under the proposal, people will be required to have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Graduates will be given six tickets apiece, but school officials said that doesn't mean that those with large families can't get more if they need them.

Westville schools to sell $2.8 million in bonds for renovations

WESTVILLE – School officials voted Wednesday to sell up to $2.8 million in bonds to pay for building renovations that should take place this summer.

Superintendent Jim Owens said that amount was chosen because it will provide enough money to perform some needed work, but it is not expected to raise residents' property tax rates.

Evaluation lists consent decree as high priority

CHAMPAIGN – The biggest challenge for Champaign school Superintendent Arthur Culver in the next year or so will be to see the district's consent decree come to a successful conclusion.