Project to help hungry schoolkids to expand this fall in Champaign, Vermilion counties

URBANA – A backpack project for hungry schoolchildren will expand to six more schools in Champaign and Vermilion counties this fall, thanks to two major donations to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Cyclists stop in Champaign-Urbana on cross-country journey

CHAMPAIGN – A team of cyclists who rode through Champaign on Tuesday have seen humanity at its worst, many of them suffering injuries while in service to their country.

Stuart Contant, 46, of Boca Raton, Fla., was piloting an Apache helicopter for the Army when it was shot down in Afghanistan in 2002, leading to head and spinal cord injuries.

Champaign school district adds students to Operation Hope summer program

CHAMPAIGN – Three dozen more students will be able to participate in a program to help Champaign high school students prepare for the workplace and investigate colleges.

The Champaign school district has added 37 students to its Operation Hope program this summer.

Program aims to teach teachers to develop their writing

Small groups of writers spent Friday morning walking all over the University of Illinois campus, seeking inspiration from the different settings they visited.

Ground-breaking set for new DACC greenhouse

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials will break ground on a new state-of-the-art greenhouse and honor the project's benefactor on Wednesday.

A ground-breaking ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the greenhouse site beside the ornamental horticulture building just south of the Technology Center on DACC's campus, 2000 E. Main St.

B-17s flying into area in two different stops

The belly of the B-17 Flying Fortress carried bombs during World War II.

But the classic bomber will be carrying passengers for tours and flights on two upcoming weekends this month.

At the plane's heyday in April 1944, the U.S. military produced 16 B-17 Flying Fortresses a day. A total of 12,732 were produced, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Details on B-17 coming to Rantoul

Commemorative Air Force

Restored B-17 Flying Fortress

Texas Raiders

Chanute Air Museum

1011 Pacesetter Dr., Rantoul,

July 23-26.

Ground tours

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 24

noon to 2 p.m. on July 25.

$5 for adults

$3 for children

Details on B-17 coming to Willard

Experimental Aircraft Association

Restored B-17 Flying Fortress

Aluminum Overcast

Flightstar Corporation, Willard Airport

7 Airport Road, Savoy

July 9-11.

Ground tours

2 to 5 p.m. daily.

$5 per person

$15 per family

Active military and veterans admitted free.

DACC hosts seminar on using Internet for business marketing

DANVILLE – Local businesspeople can learn how to use the Internet to market their new or existing business at a seminar hosted by Danville Area Community College's Small Business Development Center.

Panel reviewing UI library offers ideas to save money

URBANA – A budget report on the University of Illinois Library said the library has already made some of the cuts the report recommended.