UI, state officials plan strict enforcement for 2009 Unofficial

Local and state officials again plan to do everything they can to discourage misbehavior at what has become an annual daylong drinking binge.

The event, known as Unofficial St. Patrick's Day since it was developed as a promotion by a local bar owner in 1996 to capture business lost when students left town for spring break, has grown to attract young people from other campuses and communities.

1st-year Urbana teacher has already made a treasured Bond

URBANA – When Tammy Bond teaches math, if one method she uses doesn't add up to learning, she'll try another, or another.

That flexibility helped Alexis James in geometry, where the Urbana High School senior would look to Bond for help. "Whenever I said, 'No, I can't do this problem,' she said, 'No, no. Yes you can,'" James said. "She helped me break it down slowly."

UI/Parkland cooperative expects large enrollment jump in fall

CHAMPAIGN – Molly Maxstadt had already decided to spend her first two years of college at Parkland, before transferring to the University of Illinois.

She had her class schedule all figured out. Then she learned about the Parkland Pathways program.

Youth gang activity might be escalating in C-U

URBANA – Two recent crimes in Urbana and Champaign involving teens may be an indication that gang activity among middle and high school-age students is becoming more serious, the Champaign County state's attorney said.

"In the past, what we were seeing with these gangs was turf fighting, turf battles. They would fight with each other in parks. It has been escalating. These cases involve guns," said State's Attorney Julia Rietz.

Tech upgrade will bring Urbana schools up to speed

URBANA – Erin Lodes dreams of a day when her music students can use class time to watch videos.

Learning a click away in Danville High School class

DANVILLE – Lately, some Danville High School students' favorite high-tech gadget isn't their cellphone, iPod or some other electronic device their teacher will confiscate if it's used in the classroom.

Their teacher even loves using this one as much as they do.

Customers line up for closing sale at Pages for All Ages

SAVOY – Friday was a tough day for Susan Griffing, co-owner of Pages For All Ages.

Swarms of people picked through the stock for the bookstore's going-out-of-business sale Friday afternoon and waited in three-hour lines to buy their deals.

Researcher studied bears for insights into human health

There once were 15 bears who lived near Seymour. A kindly doctor studied them for almost three decades, in hopes of finding treatments for osteoporosis and kidney disease.

The bears were named U.P. and Caruso, or just given numbers, and the doctor was Ralph Nelson, who headed the Carle Foundation's research division, and taught at the University of Illinois. He first researched bears at Mayo Clinic.

'Clicker' system is a hit with students who use it

So, do Danville High School students like the classroom response system, or "clicker" system?


Catlin school board approves service requirement

CATLIN – School officials approved a plan Thursday that will add a service requirement for high-school graduation, starting with next fall's junior class.

School board members approved the addition of a required one-semester, half-credit junior course titled Service and Community, that will be introduced in the 2009-10 school year.