Lincoln collector to show pieces in exhibit

RANTOUL – Area residents can learn about the 16th president of the United States at a new exhibit on display at the Rantoul Public Library.

Abraham Lincoln memorabilia collector Kent Tucker is presenting a selection from his personal collection from now through July 3, according to library Director Holly Thompson. The exhibit began on Monday.

Charleston Alley Theatre opens 18th season

CHARLESTON – The Charleston Alley Theatre will continue its 18th season with a staged radio adaptation of the classic film noir tale, "The Maltese Falcon." The play opens Friday.

Before television, Lux Radio Theater, one of the most popular dramatic radio anthology series of the first half of the 20th century, adapted stage works and films to hourlong live radio presentations.

Historic Galena offers plenty to see and do in northwestern Illinois

GALENA – Maureen Fallos remembers her first visit to Galena six years ago at Christmastime. The town of 19th-century buildings on a bluff was all decked out, with costumed people on the corners ringing bells.

It looked to her like a scene from a Charles Dickens novel.

Centennial High School principal candidate will talk to public

CHAMPAIGN – Parents and teachers will meet the lone finalist for principal of Centennial High School Thursday evening.

Justin Moore will talk and answer questions at a community forum at 7 p.m. in the high school's auditorium.

Tuscola names new middle school principal

TUSCOLA – Cathy Chaplin, a former speech and language pathologist for the Tuscola school district, will be the new principal for the middle school.

Chaplin is replacing Joe Yurko, who resigned last month to take a superintendent's job at Pope County.

Superintendent interviews under way in Arcola

ARCOLA – The district could have a new school superintendent as soon as tonight.

The Arcola school board planned to meet behind closed doors Tuesday night and tonight to interview four finalists for the position.

Rantoul board chooses replacements for two administrator positions

RANTOUL – Rantoul City Schools are getting two new principals this fall.

The Rantoul City Schools board voted last week to hire John Pickens as assistant principal at J. W. Eater Junior High School and Clifford Englishharden as principal at Pleasant Acres Elementary School. Both come from the Champaign Unit 4 school district.

Mahomet-Seymour's new telephone system will be all-in-one

The Mahomet-Seymour school district will soon be connected with a new districtwide phone system.

Board members voted 5-0 for Champaign Telephone Company to replace current phones and change to an all-in-one system for phones, bells and intercoms.

Georgetown officials complain about tardy state aid

GEORGETOWN – School officials said Monday they were frustrated that three state aid payments totaling almost $700,000 have been promised to the district by June 30 but have still not been received.

Superintendent Kevin Tate said that he developed the district's $10.05 million 2007-08 budget assuming the district would receive about $9.86 million during the same period – about half of which would come from the state in the form of general state aid.

Students learn about food prep and get paid, too

DANVILLE – Before there is taco salad, grilled veggies or Jamaican jerk chicken, there must be preparation.

The work can be repetitive, but the three students working in the Salvation Army kitchen preparing food for Cafe on the Lawn don't mind.