'Pumpkin Fun' event set

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Public Library and the University of Illinois Extension, Vermilion County office, will present "Pumpkin Fall Fun" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 110 N. Fourth St.

The event is for children ages 5 through 13 and their families. Activities will include pumpkin and gourd decorating and making pine cone birdhouses and easy pumpkin treats.

Novelist Tim O'Brien to present James Jones lecture at Eastern

CHARLESTON – National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien will present the third annual James Jones Lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at the Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.

The lecture is part of the James Jones Symposium on Friday and Saturday at EIU.

Consent decree over for Champaign schools

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district's consent decree is officially over, and now it will be up to the district and the community to ensure Champaign's black students receive an equitable education, without any oversight by the court.

Groundbreaking set for Parkland's diesel center

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College is about to break ground on a diesel center that's part of a program where 100 percent of students get a job.

The groundbreaking ceremony for Parkland College's new Diesel Technology Addition will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the campus's Tony Noel Agriculture Technology Applications Center.

Speaker offers advice to youths dealing with loss

CHAMPAIGN – At one point in his life, Javae Wright Sr. had nothing but $500 and a dream – a dream to own his own shoe company.

Not only did Wright make his dream come true, establishing Leadaz International Sportswear in Champaign-Urbana, he also devotes time to working with young people, to inspire them to realize their own dreams.

Unit 4 holding forum on high school redistricting

CHAMPAIGN – Parents and students in the Champaign school district will be able to comment on a new option for high school redistricting at a forum this evening.

The school district will hold a community forum at 6 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C., to talk about the proposal.

Final approval granted in consent decree settlement

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district’s consent decree case is officially over.

Federal District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade entered an order Wednesday afternoon approving the proposed settlement agreement reached by the school district and the plaintiffs this summer.

Champaign sets high school redistricting meeting

CHAMPAIGN — Parents and students in the Champaign school district will be able to comment on a new option for high school redistricting at a forum Thursday evening.

Jeff Dunham coming to the Assembly Hall

Stand-up comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will be at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall in March.

Local veterans to speak about Iraq, Afghanistan

CHAMPAIGN – "Memories of War – Iraq & Afghanistan" is the topic of a panel discussion involving local veterans.

Panelists include Sgt. Bryan Abbott, Gunnery Sgt. Shawn Johnston, Staff Sgt. Katie Maglia, 2nd Lt. Shannon Potts and Staff Sgt. John Robinson.