Official: Tuscola ethanol plant a go

TUSCOLA – Cargill officials confirmed they have purchased land west of Tuscola and plan to start construction of an ethanol plant by fall.

The purchase from Betty Bell Hill, Robert D. Hill and Susanna Hill was made by Cargill and its spinoff subsidiary, Emerald Renewable Resources. Emerald is the company charged with building up to five ethanol plants across the Midwest.

Students get lesson in art of storytelling

DANVILLE – With a little imagination and some "magic" crayons, East Park students Savannah Robbins and Jamar Davis became Savannah the Sea Turtle and Jamar the Jellyfish.

The colorful sea creatures – which also included Lyric the Lobster, Melissa the Manta Ray and Santiago the Swordfish – were inspired by a group of fourth- and fifth-graders, then drawn on an easel pad by noted children's book author and illustrator Ashley Wolff.

Going global

It's a little bit "Charlie Rose." A little bit "Meet the Press."

That's how Jacques Fuqua Jr. describes the new, locally produced television show, "Illinois International."

Hoopeston installs virtual classroom program

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston school district has a new virtual classroom program to help high school students recover lost credits.

The program is funded with grants through the Regional Office of Education and Project Success, according to high school Principal Hank Hornbeck.

School principal in Westville to take over at Schlarman

DANVILLE – A longtime Vermilion County educator has been tapped to lead Schlarman High School.

Robert Rice – an educator for 33 years who's currently principal of St. Mary's School in Westville – will take over as the Schlarman chief on July 1.

Danville football coach considered for athletic director job

DANVILLE – Danville High School's head football coach could be pulling double duty as the school's athletic director, starting in August.

Danville School Board members on Wednesday will vote on whether to hire B.J. Luke to replace Terry Hill, who is retiring this year after five years.

UI tennis team reaches NCAA title match

Without a breath of hesitation, junior standout Kevin Anderson offered his take on the Illinois men's tennis team's chances prior to the NCAA tournament.

"I think we can win the national championship," he said.

Urbana students gather to share science expertise

URBANA – If the word "red" is written in the color orange, is the color harder to recognize?

Troy Cobb asked that question – and then she answered it.

Schools meeting candidates for leadership posts

CHAMPAIGN – Teachers at Robeson Elementary School heard from a new candidate for principal of their school Friday afternoon.

Elizabeth Bretz is assistant principal for Riverton Elementary School. She is also one of two finalists for principal of Bottenfield Elementary School.

Newcomer takes over two school positions in Ludlow

LUDLOW – Drusilla Lobmaster of Springfield is the new superintendent-principal at Ludlow Grade School.

She will succeed Jerry Zachary as superintendent and Tom Townsend as principal at the end of the school year.