Wine event proceeds to benefit UI hospitality program

URBANA – The local fifth annual celebration of a French wine release will be Nov. 23.

The Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration will include French wine and a cold buffet for $75 per person. Proceeds are for the University of Illinois' Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition's hospitality management program.

DeWitt-Piatt to begin priority H1N1 flu-shot clinics

CLINTON – The DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department will begin public vaccination clinics Tuesday for H1N1/swine flu.

These clinics are for priority groups only. Those getting first priority for the vaccine include pregnant women, caregivers of infants younger than 6 months old, emergency medical and health care workers, anyone age 6 months to 24 years old and those age 25-64 who have chronic illnesses.

Land-grant law keys wide-ranging talks

URBANA – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and several leaders at the University of Illinois are joining a host of government leaders, presidents of public universities and Lincoln scholars on the campus this weekend to discuss the future of higher education in the United States.

The conference, which kicked off Friday evening, is called "Lincoln's Unfinished Work: The Morrill Act and the Future of Higher Education."

Entryway work under way at Vermilion County annex

But there's no walkway leading up to it, and city hasn't decided what to do

DANVILLE – A crew with McDowell Builders has knocked a hole through the 2-foot-thick brick wall on the back side of the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex to make way for a new public entrance.

Graduate student union plans attention-getting rally

CHAMPAIGN – The graduate student union at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana will rally Monday before a targeted audience: fellow graduate students.

From 8 to 8:30 a.m., the Graduate Employees Organization will rally outside the I Hotel and Convention Center, 1900 S. First St., C, where the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools Conference on Graduate Education and the Economy is being held.

Many area schools are feeling H1N1 flu virus's effects

Watseka High School started out the week with a slightly higher than normal absence rate, but by Wednesday, one-third of the students were home sick with the flu. With so many absences, the district decided to close the school Thursday and today.

Administrators at University Laboratory High School in Urbana faced the same decision Thursday morning, when they had 70 of their 310 students out sick.

H1N1 largely absent so far in Danville-area schools

One case was confirmed Thursday in a Danville 6-year-old, but schools haven't had problems seen in other districts

Although Vermilion County health officials on Thursday confirmed that a Danville 6-year-old has tested positive for the H1N1 virus, school officials in Vermilion County said they haven't experienced a spike in absenteeism of students or teachers due to the flu.

Artist's landscape on sale to benefit Danville schools

DANVILLE – The latest print in local artist Amy Chrisman's series of Vermilion County landmarks is now available through a fundraiser by the Danville Public School Foundation.

The giclee print features Danville High School, the school district's flagship school.

Westville school district receives bad news on testing

WESTVILLE – School officials learned Wednesday that too many high school and grade school students in the district performed poorly on standardized state tests last spring for their schools to meet the state's adequate yearly progress goals.

Judith Giacoma Elementary School failed to meet the goals in reading, and Westville High School failed to meet the goals in both math and reading. Judith Giacoma Elementary met its goals last year, but this is the second year in a row that Westville High has not.

National Gallery of Writing opens online today

URBANA – Nearly 10,000 pieces of writing have been submitted to the online National Gallery of Writing, which will open at 11:01 a.m. today.

Online viewers may search the submissions by title; gallery; topic; author; author's city, state, country and age; purpose of the composition; technology used to create it; format, and audience for the piece.