Danville club taking applications for summer program

DANVILLE – The Boys & Girls Club of Danville is taking applications for its 10-week summer program.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 8 through Aug. 14.

Group offers local workshops on dangers of SIDS

URBANA – Most moms know that putting a baby to sleep on his or her back rather than the belly can help prevent the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

But what about naps during the day when a parent is awake and watching over the baby? What about an older baby who can roll over to his stomach?

Girl Scouts to honor 6 women for leadership, service

CHAMPAIGN — Six women from across East Central Illinois will receive the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Champaign Service Center's Women of Distinction award.

The women were nominated by their communities and selected as role models exhibiting leadership and service in those communities and their professions. They will be honored at the 18th annual banquet April 16 at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign.

Group provides outlet for those with chronic pain

CHAMPAIGN – When her hometown of Paxton was under a tornado threat in 2005, Kathleen Richards didn't go running for shelter.

She stood outside in the street and waited for a tornado to come take her away.

Urbana mentoring coordinator seeking more funds

URBANA – The Urbana school district has almost doubled its number of mentors, and that program is asking for $20,000 for staff time to support those volunteers.

Barbara Linder, the mentoring coordinator for Urbana schools, said Friday that she'll ask for funding at the next school board meeting to expand the support for mentoring at Urbana High School and, to a lesser extent, at Urbana Middle School.

Champaign police schedule summer youth academy

CHAMPAIGN – Area youths can learn about law enforcement during a five-day youth police academy this summer.

The Champaign Police Department will host a summer outreach program for youths between 12 and 18 years old.

Five vying for four seats on Danville school board

DANVILLE – The current Danville school board late last year fulfilled one of its main functions – hiring Associate Superintendent Mark Denman as its next schools chief.

But the new board still has plenty of work ahead of it, including filling other key administrative and teaching positions; deciding how to address three outdated schools and pay for the work; ensuring that restructuring efforts are put into place and are working; ensuring that all students are meet higher learning standards; and approving a new teacher's contract, among other things.

Champaign school board candidates speak to parents

CHAMPAIGN – Susan Gonzalez knew of one candidate she wanted to vote for in the Champaign school board race.

After hearing all seven candidates speak Thursday night, "I think I have a pretty good idea" of the others who might get her vote, she said.

Six in area competing to kiss pig(let) to fight diabetes

CHAMPAIGN – Local teacher Kyle Sondgeroth has his pig costume all ready.

Now all he needs is for the staff and students at Champaign's Bottenfield Elementary School to help him raise $750 for the American Diabetes Association, and he'll come to school dressed as a pig on April 9.

Errors made in Gifford school board ballot positioning

GIFFORD – A ballot irregularity has come to light in connection with the Gifford school board election.

Candidates Mike Pflugmacher and Matt Lomax are at the bottom of the ballot for four-year terms instead of at the top, where they should be.