Lakeview College of Nursing sets open houses

DANVILLE – Lakeview College of Nursing will host open houses for prospective students from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 28.

The events will be held at at 903 N. Logan Ave. in Danville and at 580 W. Lincoln Ave. in Charleston on Eastern Illinois University's campus.

Foundation gives $17,100 for digital police car cameras

URBANA – An organization born out of the deaths of two Ogden sisters killed by a drunken driver has donated another $17,100 to two area police departments to help in the fight against driving after drinking to excess.

On behalf of the Journey Foundation, Jim and Barb Esworthy of Ogden on Wednesday presented $12,600 to Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and $4,500 to Assistant University of Illinois Police Chief Jeff Christensen to buy cameras to put in squad cars at their departments.

Law unclear on medical care in schools

MAHOMET – Kids can take more to school these days than backpacks.

Some of them go with wheelchairs, feeding tubes and/or catheters. And they need attention during the school day that falls far outside the realm of reading, writing and math.

But what happens when an educator looks at a catheter and says, "Not my job?"

New or expanded power plant on UI wish list

URBANA – A weekend power outage at the Urbana campus prompted University of Illinois trustees to add a new project to their economic stimulus wish list: a new or expanded power plant.

Board Chairman Niranjan Shah directed administrators Wednesday to request economic stimulus funding from the state for another power plant so the campus can avoid future outages.

Urbana High students learn about Vietnam era through interviews

URBANA – For a group of high school students, a history assignment has become a case of lights, camera, flashback.

Beyond textbooks, this group of Urbana High School juniors has begun turning the pages of history, studying primary documents and conducting interviews with locals to find out just what motivated people to protest during the Vietnam era – and specifically after Kent State and what it was like on both sides of the barricade.

Assistant principal to take reins at Danville's East Park

DANVILLE – East Park Elementary School's assistant principal will move into the top job later this year.

Christopher Rice was selected as the school's next principal on Wednesday. He will succeed Valerie Gilbert, who is retiring this year after almost 33 years in education and seven years as East Park's chief.

Panel: Remodel three Danville schools, accept building

DANVILLE – An advisory committee recommended that the Danville school district remodel and rehabilitate three outdated schools, accept the old Walgreen Accounting building to house students when renovations are under way and create a long-term facilities plan to guide the district as needs arise and more money becomes available.

And although the D118 Facilities Review Committee recommended that renovating North Ridge and South View middle schools, East Park Elementary School and the Walgreen building be done over the next few years, members urged officials to act quickly.

UI grad's family awaits start of shuttle mission; launch delayed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Three decades ago, Kelly Archambault was leading cheers for the Rantoul High School cheerleading squad.

Wednesday night, she'll be cheering on her husband, astronaut (and University of Illinois engineering grad) Lee Archambault, as he commands space shuttle Discovery, which is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral at 8:20 p.m. CDT.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Wednesday postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery because of a gas leak.

Accused student back in school

URBANA – At least two parents of Urbana High School students are upset that one student criminally charged with sexually assaulting another during school is back in class before his criminal case is resolved.

The accused youth's lawyer is adamant that what happened was an accident and that the boy is appropriately in school.

Ayers shares his experiences in speech at UI's Allen Hall

URBANA – William Ayers said he and his anti-war friends at the University of Michigan celebrated when Lyndon Johnson announced his intention to end the Vietnam War on March 31, 1968.

But when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated five days later and Robert Kennedy was killed two months later, Ayers said a crisis was created in the anti-war movement.