Annual mail carrier food drive Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The annual Stamp Out Hunger drive by the nation's mail carriers will be held Saturday.

Letter carriers collect nonperishable food donations from the public as they walk their routes, and the items are donated to local food banks.

New owners plan to work with city to develop former UI farmland at Philo and Windsor

URBANA – Renee and Adolf Lo of Champaign have purchased the historic Pell Farm in southeast Urbana from the University of Illinois Foundation.

The property, about 160 acres at the southwest corner of Philo and Windsor Roads, was home to the university's orchards and vineyards for half a century.

Champaign school officials change jobs for next year

CHAMPAIGN – Several Champaign school administrators have new assignments for the coming school year.

Judy Wiegand, director of secondary curriculum, will become an assistant superintendent. She'll replace Michael McFarland, who resigned and will become a superintendent for a school district in Texas.

Coroner fixes cause of teacher's death as heart disease

CHAMPAIGN – Edison Middle School teacher Curtis McKinney died of natural causes, according to the Champaign County coroner's office.

Mr. McKinney was found dead in his apartment on April 14.

The coroner's office previously had said an autopsy on the popular teacher showed no signs of trauma.

Danville school district to take on two major roofing projects over summer

DANVILLE – Electrical upgrades at Cannon and Edison elementary schools aren't the only big building projects the Danville school district will tackle this summer.

Officials also plan to replace the roof at Garfield Elementary and a dozen sections of roof at Danville High School.

Schools foundation awards master grants to six projects in Champaign-Urbana

One of the most important lessons Susan Gleason wants to impart to her art students at Urbana High School is that of using critique and collaboration to help each other improve his or her artwork.

School, going for record again, could use a little help

DANVILLE – A North Ridge Middle School organization still needs lots of volunteers to help it break a Guinness World Record next week, and, by doing so, help break the cycle of child abuse.

No Facebook, no iPod, wait -- no cell phones?

RANTOUL – This time of year, most high school seniors want to get away from school as soon as possible.

But a handful of 12th-graders at Rantoul Township High School evidently can't get enough of school.

The students are staying overnight all week as part of a Senior Survivor event sponsored by National Honor Society.

Carrie Busey kids plan 'can shake' benefit

CHAMPAIGN – Penny jar overflowing? Pockets full of change?

The fourth-graders at Carrie Busey Elementary School in Champaign have an eye on your cash. For a cause, of course.

They're raising money all this week for the Crisis Nursery of Champaign County, and they're going to make it easy for you.

Free screenings part of women's health fair May 5

TUSCOLA – Here's a chance to bag some free health screenings and health education while you scout around for shopping bargains.

A women's health fair, open to the public, will be held at the Tanger Outlet Center from 2 to 8 p.m. May 5.