Newcomer claims 1 of 4 Danville school board seats

DANVILLE – The Danville school board will have a new face when it reorganizes later this month.

Newcomer Frank Young, a local attorney, nabbed one of the four open seats on the board in Tuesday's consolidated election.

Anti-STD campaign employs social networking sites, TV

CHAMPAIGN – Too many teens are ignoring the risk of sexually transmitted infections, so a national campaign has begun, blasting the message in two places they know teens will hear it: On TV and on social networking Web sites.

The new Get Yourself Tested (or GYT for short) initiative is a monthlong campaign undertaken by Planned Parenthood, the Kaiser Family Foundation and MTV cable television networks.

New Parkland program, logo promote environmentalism

CHAMPAIGN – You might soon be spotting a lot of monkeys when you look at the ads in your paper.

Parkland College has a new green education program called GreenMunckie, using the West African green monkey as a symbol. And part of the project is persuading advertisers to post the new symbol in a corner of each panel as an endorsement of environmentalism.

Danville meeting to again focus on ex-Walgreen facility

DANVILLE – The Danville school board on Wednesday will once again discuss whether to accept the former Walgreen Accounting property as a donation.

Last month, an advisory committee presented the board with a proposed three- to five-year facilities plan that calls for accepting the building as well as renovating outdated North Ridge and South View Middle Schools and East Park Elementary School.

UI's interim business dean made permanent

CHAMPAIGN – It took two searches spanning more than a year for the University of Illinois to find a new dean for the College of Business.

When it did, the choice was Lawrence DeBrock, who's been a faculty member and administrator in the college for 30 years, most recently as interim dean.

Danville club taking applications for summer program

DANVILLE – The Boys & Girls Club of Danville is taking applications for its 10-week summer program.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 8 through Aug. 14.

Group offers local workshops on dangers of SIDS

URBANA – Most moms know that putting a baby to sleep on his or her back rather than the belly can help prevent the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

But what about naps during the day when a parent is awake and watching over the baby? What about an older baby who can roll over to his stomach?

Girl Scouts to honor 6 women for leadership, service

CHAMPAIGN — Six women from across East Central Illinois will receive the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Champaign Service Center's Women of Distinction award.

The women were nominated by their communities and selected as role models exhibiting leadership and service in those communities and their professions. They will be honored at the 18th annual banquet April 16 at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign.

Group provides outlet for those with chronic pain

CHAMPAIGN – When her hometown of Paxton was under a tornado threat in 2005, Kathleen Richards didn't go running for shelter.

She stood outside in the street and waited for a tornado to come take her away.

Urbana mentoring coordinator seeking more funds

URBANA – The Urbana school district has almost doubled its number of mentors, and that program is asking for $20,000 for staff time to support those volunteers.

Barbara Linder, the mentoring coordinator for Urbana schools, said Friday that she'll ask for funding at the next school board meeting to expand the support for mentoring at Urbana High School and, to a lesser extent, at Urbana Middle School.