New Catlin superintendent no stranger to area schools

Superintendent makes move from Westville schools

CATLIN – Superintendent Gary K. Lewis may be new to Catlin, but he is familiar with southern Vermilion County.

Studio Visit: Jessie Knox, 56, of Urbana

Q: When did you start making art?

A: I can't remember when I didn't do it. In grade school I would do all the bulletin boards and backdrops for the student plays. I did medical illustrations for science classes. I did school emblems. During Black History Month, I'd do drawings of Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and other historical figures.

Allerton Music Barn Festival starting to gain lofty status

MONTICELLO – A rarely produced tango opera, chamber music, jazz and American music, plus a brass band, will be on tap at the third annual Allerton Music Barn Festival over the Labor Day weekend.

The festival runs from Sept. 3 through 7, lasting one day longer than last year. Tickets are on sale now.

3 of 6 Urbana grade schools hit target on tests

URBANA – Three of Urbana's six elementary schools made adequate yearly progress this year under the No Child Left Behind act, and three did not.

But the margin between meeting the target and not meeting it for the latter three schools came down to the test scores of no more than 20 students.

District 118 facilities panel members want action on recommendations

DANVILLE – When an advisory committee recommended that the Danville school district rehab three outdated schools over the next few years, the committee hoped the district would move swiftly to start putting the proposal in place.

Now well into the construction season, some committee members said they're disappointed that not only has no work been done, but also that school officials haven't even decided yet on whether to accept the plan.

Danville youth football organization tackling diabetes

DANVILLE – Members of the Danville Giants Youth Football Organization are learning life lessons while learning a sport.

"We want the kids to look beyond themselves," said Lester Potts, president of the organization's board. "They need to know it's important to give back to the community and that pleasure comes from giving to others."

Girl Scouts taking applications for career camp

DANVILLE – The Girl Scouts are taking applications for Danville Camp Exec to be held July 6 through 10 at Danville Area Community College.

Registration is open to all girls ages 13 through 17 to explore careers and learn job and life skills. Cost is $35 and scholarships are available for those who qualify financially.

Danville library has summer programs for all age groups

DANVILLE — The Danville Public Library has several programs on tap this summer for people of all ages.

Crafts, teen activities and a new program to assist in learning a new language are all available. Some are open to the public and others restricted to patrons.

Incoming Rossville-Alvin principal already getting to work

ROSSVILLE – When students return to Rossville-Alvin Elementary School in August, there will be a new leader at the helm.

Crystal Johnson was named the school's principal earlier this year, and she reported for her first day of work on Wednesday.

Hoopeston Area teachers contract achieved in short order

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston school district and its teachers union earlier this month were able to reach a new two-year contract in record time.