Cash crunch again threatens Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club

CHAMPAIGN – For the fourth time this decade, the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club is appealing for community help to keep its doors open.

The club won't be able to offer its popular summer program for children and teens unless it raises about $175,000 by June 1, and another $173,000 by July 1, board President Toney Tomaso said Friday.

'Prosperity garden' will be kids' classroom

CHAMPAIGN – Beautification, nutrition, respect for environment, charity, entrepreneurship. Who would have thought so many life lessons could come from a package of seeds?

Children from the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, that's who.

'Bull-headed' DACC graduate 'could have given up'

DANVILLE – Angela Strawser expects to shed joyful tears when her daughter, Danyale Lloyd, walks across the stage to receive her diploma at Danville Area Community College's commencement ceremony today.

That feat, she said, comes thanks to her daughter's hard work and determination and a miracle from God.

AMBUCS seek 'buddies' for growing Challenger League in Danville

DANVILLE – The Danville Chapter of AMBUCS is seeking additional volunteers for its Challenger League baseball program.

Challenger League offers the opportunity for children with disabilities to play baseball with the help of a "buddy."

Conference focuses on prevention of violence

DANVILLE – The Young Women Aware program will team up with Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center and Red Dragon Academy to present a violence prevention conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Danville High School cafeteria, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Demolition under way at Washington School in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Washington Elementary School, empty since late December, is now being demolished.

Crews began tearing down the school building this week.

The Champaign school district plans to build a new two-story school on the same site. It will be a magnet school, with a science, technology, engineering and math theme, and it is to open in the fall of 2011.

Pretty good predictions on tablet computing from UI scientists - except timing

Before the University of Illinois invented the web browser, a team of UI researchers "invented" – in theory – a tablet computer with most of the features of Apple's iPad.

The year was 1988. The web browser, Mosaic, came five years later.

Miniature golf helps students figure the angles in Danville

DANVILLE – Danville High School students Brenisha Randle and Derrae Parker have never really liked math.

But a project in their algebra class is changing their mind.

For the past two weeks, the 27 students in the class have been designing and creating a nine-hole miniature golf course. They played the course on Wednesday.

Vermilion County programs for kids being closed, others cut, over state funding

DANVILLE — Project Success Executive Director Alice Kirby and directors from host sites for Teen REACH programs in Vermilion County have announced that two sites will close at the end of May and that two others will reduce staff and hours for programs due to lack of state funding.

Group in Urbana meets with school board members to talk about space concerns

URBANA – When Paul Poulosky moved his family from Champaign to Urbana, they chose a home within walking distance of Yankee Ridge Elementary School.

"It was big attraction for us to move to Urbana, with neighborhood schools," Poulosky said. "We've gotten to know our neighbors a lot better because of the activities in the school."