Champaign students feeding minds, stomachs

CHAMPAIGN – Here's a quick quiz: Does the word "annihilate" mean destroy, stagger, marvel or rumple?

It's not too hard to pick out the correct answer: destroy.

Urbana board discusses district priorities

URBANA – The Urbana school board has plenty of ideas on how to make the district better.

All it needs is the money – lots of it – to implement those ideas.

Vision panel will explore funding options

SAVOY – A countywide sales tax is one way the Champaign school district – and others in the county – could pay for school repairs and construction.

The idea is one the Champaign school district's planning committee will hear about as possible options to pay for school improvements when it meets Thursday evening.

More meetings planned around DACC's district

DANVILLE – If you'd like to get your two cents in on how you feel Danville Area Community College is doing providing programs and services within its district, then the college president is coming to you.

Although meetings have already been held in Hoopeston and Oakwood, additional "Coffee and Conversation with the President" sessions are coming to Georgetown, Bismarck and Westville, Covington, Ind., and the Danville Public Library.

Urbana school board plans 'retreat' to talk about priorities

URBANA – The Urbana school board is planning some bonding time Tuesday night, with a scheduled "retreat" instead of a regular study session.

"It's a retreat for the board, and we're going to be looking at board priorities and some of the major issues facing us," said school board member Cope Cumpston. "It's a chance for us to sit down and talk together."

M-S greenhouse ready for use

MAHOMET – Mahomet-Seymour's long-awaited greenhouse is now up and ready for spring.

"Many people have been both a catalyst and a source of energy for this dream of a greenhouse that will conjoin agriculture, business and most importantly, cooperation," said Trish Hahn, co-president of the Mahomet-Seymour Schools Foundation.

USC proves to be a thorn in their sighs

Hope, contrary to what you have been told, does not spring eternal.

But it does spring in the first quarter of a Rose Bowl where your team is already down 14-0 with 4:59 to go.

Illini bowled over by USC

PASADENA, Calif. – Lesson learned. Courtesy of the Southern Cal Trojans.

Sometime today, maybe on the long flight home to Willard Airport, Juice Williams will start to cheer up. He'll start to think, "Next time, we'll be on the right end of a lopsided bowl score."

"I'll probably smile in a couple of minutes," the sophomore quarterback said. "I

Rantoul High School library going graphic

RANTOUL – Anne Rosean aims to make Rantoul Township High School's library a go-to destination for readers at all levels.

She's ordering graphic novels popular with today's teens for her collection. The term initially alarmed school board members reviewing Rosean's program, and President Marla Deem asked for a definition.

Danville facility prepared to help kids with dyslexia

DANVILLE – Allison Enslein seems right at home at the Valley of Danville Masonic Center, but lonely – for now.

Enslein, of Terre Haute, Ind., is the new director of the 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children in the Masonic Temple, 109 W. North St. Enslein has a master's degree in special education with a focus on learning disabilities and spent seven years in Vigo County, Ind., schools as a reading teacher.