Bement school superintendent seeks end to two days off

BEMENT – Students in the school district won't learn much about Veterans Day if they don't attend classes.

That's what Superintendent Darrell Stevens thinks, and that's why Bement is holding a hearing to waive Veterans Day and Lincoln's birthday as school holidays.

Students conduct Life Savers survey

DANVILLE – A survey of 194 Vermilion County residents shows that their favorite Life Savers candy flavor is cherry.

It also shows their least favorite flavor is raspberry.

Rossville-Alvin tuition may decrease

ROSSVILLE – Sending Rossville-Alvin High students to Bismarck-Henning and Hoopeston Area high schools may get a little cheaper this school year.

If all three school boards approve a deal next month, Rossville-Alvin will pay about $50 to $60 less per student to send its high-schoolers to Bismarck-Henning and Hoopeston Area.

Rantoul board to establish policy on cafetorium use

RANTOUL – When Rantoul Township High School opened its new "cafetorium" in 2003, it didn't take community members long to size up the new local resource.

Now it's a popular public spot. Two beauty pageants hold practices and their events there. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, ministers, churches and Rotary and Lions clubs hold meetings there, and the Rantoul Theater Group rehearses in the spacious room with a stage, lighting and other professional equipment.

St. Joseph-Ogden falls in nail-biter

ST. JOSEPH – The loss was heartbreakingly close, but St. Joseph-Ogden fans proved late Friday night that despite the score, the Spartans were No. 1 in their hearts.

The Spartans lost 47-42 to Plano in the 3A championship game at Memorial Stadium on Friday night. But an hour after the end of the game, fans filled the St. Joseph-Ogden gymnasium with whistles, cheers and pride.

Size of meetings with black students limited

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial High School officials will begin meeting with a few black students from each grade level next month to discuss their concerns regarding the school. The plan follows large group meetings with the school's black students earlier this month that drew criticism.

The students met by grade level at meetings on Nov. 7 and 8. The meetings were open to black students only. No teachers were present.

After-school program gives boys strong role models

URBANA – On Saturday, fifth-grader Khalil Toombs spent his morning in school.

But he didn't mind.

Urbana swim facility set to reopen Jan. 16

URBANA – Urbana swimmers can see some water at the end of the tunnel.

The Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, closed since a July 24 fire, is scheduled to reopen on Jan. 16, Urbana Park District spokeswoman Dana Mancuso said.

Urbana school officials approve plan to gradually buy land

URBANA – It's official. The Urbana school district wants to buy the houses on the block between Iowa, Washington and Race streets and the high school parking lot.

But only when owners want to sell.

Danville elementary students reading, writing & publishing

DANVILLE – Some pupils at St. Paul's Elementary School can add published author to their resumes.

Not bad, considering they're still learning how to read.