Ex-Vermilion County man dies on lake

TULSA, Okla. – A former Vermilion County man died in a boating accident Saturday on a lake northwest of Tulsa.

According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Ronald Dean Gildersleeve, 57, of Tulsa, was killed when the pontoon boat he was using on the lake was hit by a 31-foot-long cabin cruiser at about 7:30 p.m. on Skiatook Lake.

Danville school registration starts Aug. 8

DANVILLE – Danville schools officials want to remind parents that all students, including preschoolers, are required to register before school starts. Parents should register their children at their assigned schools according to the following schedule:

– Cannon, Edison and Southwest elementaries: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

DACC honor society racks up awards

DANVILLE – A Danville Area Community College honor society has racked up a number of regional and international awards.

At the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society's regional leadership conference, DACC's Pi Omega chapter was named a Five-Star Chapter, the highest level of development, for its campus and community involvement and dedication to the society's mission and goals.

Swann youths stage special performance

CHAMPAIGN – Dillon Krona, 14, may not be able to have a long conversation, but he still knows a good time.

And that's what he was having on Thursday morning while playing Simba, the lead lion in Swann Junior High's first-ever school play, "The Lion King."

Principal refines ban on peanuts at Barkstall School

CHAMPAIGN – Speaking to parents at a hastily called meeting, Principal Trudy Walters said she's modifying her ban on peanuts at Barkstall School.

But, Walters said, the school is stepping up vigilance about life-threatening allergies.

Tech recycler finds way to Danville

DANVILLE – A St. Louis nonprofit business known for recycling and refurbishing computers is expanding in Danville, all because its president is directionally challenged.

Angela Haas, who started WITS (Web Innovations and Technology Services) in 2002, was supposed to view a couple of potential expansion sites in Newman but somehow missed a turn and ended up in Danville. Instead of turning around, she decided to check into whether Danville had any vacant buildings that met her needs – in other words, anything cheap.

Champaign principal's principles

CHAMPAIGN – Along with a new principal, there's a new "way" coming to Centennial High School this fall.

At a meet-and-greet with parents on Wednesday evening, Principal Ron Bode welcomed parent questions and concerns and introduced some of his beliefs on how to run a successful school. "I want to start to create a context in which we can start to understand each other," he said.

New take on story time

URBANA – Brian Ruffner may not yet be a movie-making star, but he's getting closer to that goal this summer.

The 10-year-old learned how to make costumes and props, painted pictures and performed take after take in front of a green-screen – a blank green backdrop that will be replaced digitally with paintings done by Brian and 11 other young students.

Westville schools $10.99 million budget rolled out

WESTVILLE – School officials unveiled their proposed $10.09 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year on Wednesday, and expect to approve it formally in September.

Superintendent Jim Owens said it was difficult making a budget without knowing how much state aid to expect – state legislators still have not settled their own budget, so Owens said he assumed the state would provide the same amount next year that it provided this year.

School saving for more computers

DANVILLE – Holy Family School students may have more access to the Internet in the classroom later this school year.

That's because officials at the Catholic elementary school have been saving money for a portable laboratory that will have 20 laptop computers with wireless capabilities.