Crisis Nursery predicts it will have to serve fewer kids

URBANA – Crisis Nursery of Champaign County might have to serve 150 fewer children over the next year after a one-two punch from funding sources.

Executive Director Stephanie Record learned Friday that the organization, 1309 W. Hill St., U, will see a more than 10 percent cut in state funding. The Legislature has lined out the item for all six crisis nurseries in Illinois.

Bookmobile might get a summer extension

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Public Library's bookmobile, mothballed since May 29, could get a temporary reprieve this summer.

Officials plan to hold shredding event again

CHAMPAIGN – Crimestoppers of Champaign County officials believe they not only prevented identity theft with the organization's first-ever shredding event, but they also helped the environment.

The June 6 event at the Assembly Hall parking lot resulted in 9,000 pounds of personal documents being shredded.

First-annual CASA Barbecue Fundraiser set June 27

CHAMPAIGN – The Matzner Chiropractic practice in southwest Champaign is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates program.

The first annual CASA Barbecue Fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27, at Matzner Chiropractic, 1712 S. Duncan Road, C. The event will feature food, a dunk tank, a bounce house; face painting, a silent auction, family photos and wellness screenings.

Clearer directives on health services sought in Mahomet

MAHOMET – Mahomet-Seymour staff want a clear directive on what medical services they might have to provide to their students.

The teachers' union filed a grievance against the school district last month, seeking to bargain over the issue, and last week it filed a request for arbitration. This morning, the union plans to hold a press conference at the Illinois Education Association office in Champaign to talk about the issue.

Earlier magnet school mistakes not forgotten in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – In a past life, Washington Elementary School in Champaign was a magnet school, with an emphasis on fine arts and families clamoring to enroll.

The problem was, many of the children in the neighborhood around the school couldn't get in.

Danville child care program's pending closure shocks families

DANVILLE – About 60 Vermilion County families are scrambling to find new child care services after learning on Tuesday morning that theirs will close later this month.

The Center for Children's Services announced it will close its Early Learning Center at 702 N. Logan Ave., Danville, on June 26 for financial reasons.

Champaign schools renew contract for resource officers

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board renewed its contract Monday night with the city of Champaign for school resource officers for another year.

The contract provides for five police officers assigned to the district's middle and high schools for the 2009-2010 school year. The school district will pay $238,000, the recurring costs for two officers for the coming year. The city pays the recurring costs for the other three officers, said Assistant Superintendent Michael McFarland.

Health district offering free food for kids this summer

CHAMPAIGN – Hey kids: There's going to be free food all summer long at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Staff and volunteers will serve free breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks to all kids and teens dropping by, as long as they're age 18 or younger.

Kids to receive prizes for reading at Westville library

WESTVILLE – The Westville Public Library will conduct a summer reading incentive program for children that runs through Aug. 15.

Kids will earn library "loot" for reading books. The loot can be redeemed at the Westville Public Library for a variety of items. Loot is awarded according to the child's age group, as well as the number of books read. Call 267-3170 for more information.