Life Remembered: Cleveland Hammonds Jr. one of Champaign's first black administrators

CHAMPAIGN – A successful school superintendent who got his start as an administrator in the Champaign school district has died.

Cleveland Hammonds Jr. died Sept. 7 at age 75. According to his obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mr. Hammonds was preparing to give a lecture on education administration at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville when he collapsed.

New Centennial principal likes the effort he's seeing in the classrooms

CHAMPAIGN – Greg Johnson may be in a new school building, but it feels like home.

He is in his first year as a high school principal, hired this past spring to lead Centennial High School. He came from across Wright Street, where he was associate principal at Urbana High School.

University of Illinois students get hands-on lesson on poverty from United Way

URBANA – Nearly 1.7 million Illinoisans, or 13.3 percent of the state's population, live in poverty.

In Champaign County, the number is far higher: 21.3 percent. Next door, in Vermilion County, nearly a quarter of the residents are considered poor, living on $24,000 or less for a family of four.

Fundraisers set to honor cheerleading coach at SJ-O

ST. JOSEPH – Several area groups are holding fundraisers in October to benefit the Tammy Walsh Scholarship Fund.

Mrs. Walsh, the St. Joseph-Ogden cheerleading coach, was killed in a tragic accident in August at a freshman football jamboree at Jamaica High School.

Wolfram co-founder brings science to sixth grade

URBANA – Theresa Feller's sixth-grade students know a lot about elements – for example, that they all have different atomic weights.

But one of the coolest things they've learned while studying the periodic table of elements is about the melting spoon.

PBL board says sports programs will continue

PAXTON – Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members told park district officials Wednesday night that the school district "will not let the students of this community suffer" if the park district has to shut down its athletic programs because it cannot afford fees charged under a proposed intergovernmental agreement.

Champaign schools budget shows deficit

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district's budget shows a $3.7 million deficit for the current fiscal year.

The school board approved the fiscal year 2011 budget Monday night.

Scores join Urbana schools' 'action teams' to examine future

URBANA – More than 180 people have volunteered to help the Urbana school district decide how it will meet its goals for the next 10 years.

DACC trustees start process to issue bonds

DANVILLE Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday took the first step toward issuing about $1 million in working cash bonds to boost its working cash fund, and about $500,000 in technology and equipment bonds to update technology and equipment on campus.

Former TV weatherman victim of unprovoked attack

CHAMPAIGN – But for his great sense of humor, Mike Sola might be curled up in the fetal position crying right now.