Move keeps Washington teachers busy over break

CHAMPAIGN – The mission: Assemble a classroom out of the boxes of books and papers and the desks moved from Washington Elementary School in late December. Be ready to teach when students arrive today for their first day at the (temporary) Washington school at the Columbia building on Neil Street at Bradley Avenue.

For Washington teachers and staff, that has meant a lot of extra hours at school during what was supposed to be their winter break.

DACC Ag Club's 22nd Farm Toy Show set Jan. 31

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Ag Club will hold the 22nd annual Farm Toy Show on Jan. 31.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mary Miller Gymnasium, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Admission is $2 for adults and free to children 11 and under.

Proceeds will go to the club's activity fund and Ag Day fund.

Presentations set for Danville schools' long-term plan

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday will hear presentations from five architectural firms still in the running to help develop a long-term facilities plan for the Danville school district.

"It's my hope that we can narrow it down to the top three," Superintendent Mark Denman said, "but we will have to wait and see what happens."

Krannert going ahead with change to lobby lighting

URBANA – You think you've got high power bills.

The annual cost just to light the lobby at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is $59,000, or almost $5,000 a month.

Urbana school board to discuss calendar change

URBANA – The Urbana school district is looking at changing its school calendar to put the end of the fall semester before winter break.

It's a change the Champaign school district made last year, and a schedule that several other school districts, including Mahomet-Seymour and St. Joseph-Ogden High School, already follow.

DACC offering ballroom, country-line dance classes

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department will offer two dance classes featuring different styles.

Classes are held in the Mary Miller Center dance studio, on campus, 2000 E. Main St. Styles, times, dates and costs include:

Graduate brothers agree: Lincoln's Challenge is a life-changer

RANTOUL – Sixteen-year-old Alejandro Barajas and his brother Miguel, 17, both of Chicago, entered Lincoln's Challenge Academy in August because they wanted a change.

"We decided to come here because we were in fights and were not attending school," Alejandro said. "We found out about Lincoln's Challenge and ... heard you could get your GED (high school equivalency) in six months."

DACC sets classes of special interest

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department has set up several classes for January and February.

Topics, times, dates and costs include:

Magazine sale to start at Champaign Public Library

CHAMPAIGN – Starting Saturday, the Champaign Public Library will sell older issues of magazines for 10 cents each at a "Magazine Clearance Sale" on weekends in January. The annual event promotes recycling and benefits the library.

The magazines, most dating from 2008, are copies of the most popular titles among the 400-plus the library offers.

New Champaign County sales tax takes effect Friday

CHAMPAIGN – Liz Hawkins updated her cash register Wednesday after closing Skins 'N' Tins for the night, and many Champaign County business owners will do the same before a 1 percent sales-tax increase goes into effect Jan. 1.