DACC sets classes of special interest

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department has set up several classes for January and February.

Topics, times, dates and costs include:

Magazine sale to start at Champaign Public Library

CHAMPAIGN – Starting Saturday, the Champaign Public Library will sell older issues of magazines for 10 cents each at a "Magazine Clearance Sale" on weekends in January. The annual event promotes recycling and benefits the library.

The magazines, most dating from 2008, are copies of the most popular titles among the 400-plus the library offers.

New Champaign County sales tax takes effect Friday

CHAMPAIGN – Liz Hawkins updated her cash register Wednesday after closing Skins 'N' Tins for the night, and many Champaign County business owners will do the same before a 1 percent sales-tax increase goes into effect Jan. 1.

DACC classes geared toward children start in January

DANVILLE – A series of "Just for Kids" classes will begin in January covering a variety of topics.

The classes are presented through the Danville Area Community College Community Education Department in addition to its Summer Enrichment College for Kids program. Classes are held at the DACC Village Mall Education Center, 2917 N. Vermilion St., unless otherwise indicated.

DACC offering courses in cooking and cake decorating

DANVILLE – Thinking of turning over a new leaf in the new year? Want to cook more at home or maybe fancy up those homemade birthday cakes?

Danville Area Community College's Community Education classes can help with that. The department will offer a series of cake decorating and cooking classes beginning as early as next week.

DACC schedules computer classes for all skill levels

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department will offer a number of computer classes for people just getting started, wanting to try something new or just brushing up on their skills.

Computer classes are held at the DACC Village Mall Education Center, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

Public media to air gubernatorial debates in January

URBANA – Illinois Public Media and WSIU Public Broadcasting will host two separate debates next month between the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates.

The Republican debate, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, will be held at WILL-TV in Champaign-Urbana.

Area Update

St. Joseph grade school district cuts tax rate

ST. JOSEPH – Thanks to the county's new school sales tax, the property tax rate for The St. Joseph Community Consolidated School District will drop in the upcoming year, said Superintendent Todd Pence.

Group seeks assistance in shot at world record

DANVILLE – What's more fun than watching someone drop a roll of Mentos into a 2-liter bottle of soda and seeing the fizzy liquid shoot out of the bottle like Old Faithful?

Peer Court offering teens training as attorneys

DANVILLE – Local teenagers interested in a career in law, law enforcement, education, counseling or psychology can get experience as a teen attorney in the Peer Court program, which is offering teen attorney training on Tuesday.

Youth from 13 years old to teenagers in high school are invited to attend the training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison Park Clubhouse, 1300 W. Voorhees St., Danville.