African-American cultural festival set for Thursday

URBANA – Student performances, voter registration and soul food will make an appearance at the second annual African American Cultural Festival, organized by Urbana schools.

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Urbana High School Commons, 1002 S. Race St.

Inspection found many health violations at Lincoln's Challenge

RANTOUL – Food contaminated by kitchen staff or students caused the illnesses of 20 people at Lincoln's Challenge Academy, according to county public health officials.

And an inspection of the kitchen and dining room the day the illnesses struck produced the lowest public health score in Champaign County since 1993.

Firm discusses plan for development near Monticello school

MONTICELLO – Advocates of a residential tax increment financing district proposed near Monticello Middle School say it would benefit not only the developer, but also the school and city.

At the Monticello school board meeting on Wednesday, Shawn Luesse, director of development for Devonshire Development LLC in Champaign, presented a proposal for a single-family home subdivision east and south of the middle school that would also feature four baseball/softball fields, a soccer/football field, a parking lot, a detention basin and an alternative exit/entrance road to the school.

Parents learn how to nip bullying in the bud

URBANA – Bullies sound big and bad, mean and rotten.

They don't usually conjure up the kid who won't share at the preschool playgroup.

Parents get answers about Danville High's 'upper houses'

DANVILLE – Before Thursday, Elizabeth Carl had heard "bits and pieces" about Danville High School's new "upper houses," and was worried.

Sure, her youngest daughter, Bethany Watson, loves Freshman House and has gone from struggling in school to making the honor roll. But what would these new small learning environments for sophomores, juniors and seniors offer her older daughters, Cortney and Katlyn Watson, who already have adapted to the large building and want to take certain classes before graduating in 2010?

Teacher's project aims to show students teamwork, empathy

CHAMPAIGN – The middle school students looked over the new refrigerators and stoves Wednesday – not your typical customers of large kitchen appliances, but they have jelly to make.

44th Lincoln-Douglass-King Banquet set in Danville

DANVILLE – Allen Chapel AME Church will hold its 44th annual Lincoln-Douglass-King Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 77 N. Gilbert St.

Guest speaker is Danville native Troy Collier, the academic counselor for the University of Illinois men's and women's basketball teams.

Auditions scheduled for Sullivan theater's summer season

SULLIVAN – Auditions for local actors interested in working the summer mainstage season at the Little Theatre On The Square will have a chance to audition from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan.

The auditions will be for anyone age 16 and up, for both chorus roles and title roles.

UI students schedule dinner Friday to aid rural China youths

CHAMPAIGN – Chinese students will have a fundraising dinner starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the University YMCA, 1101 S. Wright St., C, to raise money to help students in rural China.

Savoy 16 to host UI's Entrepreneur Film Festival on Saturday

SAVOY – The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois will have its first Entrepreneur Film Festival on Saturday at the Savoy 16 theaters.

The event is part of Innovation Week. The movies to be shown are: