Customers line up for closing sale at Pages for All Ages

SAVOY – Friday was a tough day for Susan Griffing, co-owner of Pages For All Ages.

Swarms of people picked through the stock for the bookstore's going-out-of-business sale Friday afternoon and waited in three-hour lines to buy their deals.

Researcher studied bears for insights into human health

There once were 15 bears who lived near Seymour. A kindly doctor studied them for almost three decades, in hopes of finding treatments for osteoporosis and kidney disease.

The bears were named U.P. and Caruso, or just given numbers, and the doctor was Ralph Nelson, who headed the Carle Foundation's research division, and taught at the University of Illinois. He first researched bears at Mayo Clinic.

'Clicker' system is a hit with students who use it

So, do Danville High School students like the classroom response system, or "clicker" system?


Catlin school board approves service requirement

CATLIN – School officials approved a plan Thursday that will add a service requirement for high-school graduation, starting with next fall's junior class.

School board members approved the addition of a required one-semester, half-credit junior course titled Service and Community, that will be introduced in the 2009-10 school year.

Armstrong archery team taking aim at national competition

ARMSTRONG – Coach Jerry Kuchenbrod gets a kick out of watching his team members' reactions when he takes them to compete in the Chicago area.

"You ought to see their faces," Kuchenbrod said. "It's a real culture shock to go from small-school Armstrong to big-school Chicago."

But when it comes to competing, it doesn't matter how big or small a school you come from, or what your ethnic background, age or gender is, he said. Each competitor stands on his or her own, relying on the work he or she has put into practicing, contributing individual talents to the team. That's how archery works, he said.

Workshop for educators looks at Japan through anime

CHAMPAIGN – The Asian Educational Media Service is offering, free to educators, the workshop "Teaching Japan Through Anime" from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Champaign Central High School's Library Lecture Hall.

Best suited for secondary-level educators but open to educators at all levels, the workshop aims to provide insight on ways Japanese animation can be used in the classroom to give students a better understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Youths, groups sought for TV talent event in Springfield

The Illinois Scholarship Association and Dolphin Entertainment, a producer of children's and young adult programming, seek individuals and groups to compete in the first Illinois Talent Competition. The event is May 23-24 at Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. Entrants will compete for a prize that includes $1,000 cash, $2,500 tuition for the LA Experience from Dolphin Entertainment and the chance to compete in August in Orlando, Fla.

The LA Experience is a weeklong event offering a chance to perform for and meet key players in young adult entertainment in Los Angeles. Dolphin produces TV shows such as "Zoey 101" and the Nickelodeon TV movie "Gym Teacher."

Schools coping with deaths of Danville teens found in pond

DANVILLE – Danville school officials on Wednesday offered their condolences to the loved ones of two students whose bodies were pulled from a Danville detention pond on Tuesday morning.

Fourteen-year-old Lorel L. Harden, an eighth-grader at North Ridge Middle School, and 13-year-old Dierra Shon Phillips, a sixth-grader at South View Middle School, drowned, according to a preliminary autopsy report released on Wednesday afternoon.

Danville High earns Vermilion Healthcare Foundation grant

DANVILLE – Danville High School officials will launch its new technology "upper house" this fall and operate it over the next five years – as envisioned – thanks to the Vermilion Healthcare Foundation.

The foundation awarded a multi-year grant to the district, Superintendent Nanette Mellen announced at Wednesday's school board meeting. The district was one of two finalists for the money.

Rantoul school board hears of mentoring program's success

RANTOUL – A mentoring program at Rantoul Township High School appears to be bearing fruit after one semester.

"Overall, the freshman program is being very successful," Assistant Principal Chris Garard told the school board Monday. "We're seeing the differences we want to see."