UI Extension students learn correct canning techniques

CHAMPAIGN – They came bearing sharp knives.

But they were admonished to wash their hands before using the weapons of mass vegetable and fruit destruction.

The incident was a food preservation class offered by University of Illinois Extension.

UI's Lincoln Hall now almost completely unoccupied

URBANA – The last four occupants of Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois campus will be moved by the end of the week, but the building will be locked down for the public starting today.

The remaining occupants would have been out by now, Jim Spese of UI's Facilities and Services and project manager for Lincoln Hall said, but needed to wait until the offices they were moving to were available.

UI chancellor says his future rests with board members

URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman says he has no plans to resign but acknowledges his future rests with the school's board of trustees, which itself is in flux following a state investigation of political clout in the school's admissions process.

In a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with The News-Gazette, Herman said he regrets his involvement with the so-called Category I system for tracking politically connected applicants, and expressed his hope that the campus can move forward with admissions reforms and other priorities.

Georgetown schools tap reserve funds to cover payroll

GEORGETOWN – School Superintendent Greg Irwin said Monday that he was able to use reserve funds to cover payroll expenses last month and that he planned to replenish the reserve funds soon.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board members voted last month to authorize Irwin to move money between district funds to meet payroll expenses, or to borrow up to $195,000 from a local bank.

Danville schools officials like new policy on promotion

DANVILLE – Last school year, South View Middle School piloted a new promotion policy aimed at making students more accountable.

Students had to pass all core subjects – reading, math, science and social studies – to be promoted to the next grade. Previously, they had to pass reading and math, but could have failed either science or social studies and still move on.

DACC offering food-service classes at Village Mall

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's community education department is offering food-service and food-service renewal classes. Both courses will be held at DACC's Village Mall Education Center, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. They will be taught by Carolyn Daniel.

The food-service course is designed to prepare food-service employees to meet the Illinois certification requirement. Topics covered include food-borne disease, facilities, equipment, personal hygiene and inspection techniques. An exam will be given on the last day of class.

Family of murder victim funding scholarship to UI

WELLINGTON – The family of a Chrisman man slain in his home almost two years ago has set up an endowment to fund a scholarship at the University of Illinois in his honor.

Marcia and Earl Prasse of Wellington, the parents of the late Mark Prasse, want students from a rural background with financial need who are interested in mechanical engineering to benefit from their legacy.

Consent follow-up on agenda for Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN – In its first meeting since it approved a settlement agreement in its consent decree case, the Champaign school board will consider several matters related to the settlement.

The grill of their dreams: Students build giant cooker

DANVILLE – Thursday was the last day of class, and the students didn't quite finish their project, but teachers, an administrator and even the students are calling the project a success.

2009 Upward Bound grads honored at banquet

CHAMPAIGN – The Upward Bound College Prep Academy at the University of Illinois recently honored program graduates at its 43rd annual awards banquet at the I Hotel.

The event concluded six weeks of academic preparation for 60 high school graduates from Champaign, Urbana and Rantoul who will attend college this fall. They will head to Clark Atlanta University, Parkland College and the universities of Illinois, Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Southern Indiana.