Catlin Grade School principal to retire

CATLIN – School board members approved the retirement of Catlin Grade School Principal Dennis Buesking on Thursday and are seeking to fill the position.

Superintendent Gary Lewis said Buesking, who had spent almost 30 years with the Catlin school district and was named principal in 2005, submitted a letter to the board announcing his retirement effective June 30.

Danville High School Wall of Fame nominations sought

DANVILLE – What do Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Kenneth Bailey, astronaut Joe Tanner, Oscar winner Gene Hackman, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Kim Crockett and community leader Dwight Lucas have in common?

They're all members of Danville High School's Wall of Fame.

Westville Public Library seeks photos of area's settlers

WESTVILLE – "Emigrant Trains Across America: Destination Westville" is the theme of a new project at the Westville Public Library.

The library is seeking photographs of ancestors who settled in Westville when they came to America along with their last name and home country.

Champaign students prepare for Advanced Placement work

CHAMPAIGN – It may be summer, but Myha Brown is spending her mornings in the classroom, getting a head start on the Advanced Placement history class she'll take this fall.

The Centennial junior is participating in a new program to help juniors and seniors from Central and Centennial high schools in Champaign prepare for AP classes. Brown said the class is helping her better understand the summer reading assignment.

Danville school to get award for focus on improving health

DANVILLE – Northeast Elementary Magnet School in Danville will be in the national spotlight in August for its efforts to create a healthy school environment for students and staff.

Departing Catlin schools chief moving to higher education

CATLIN – Guy Banicki stepped away from his role as a school administrator on June 30, and into a new role as a teacher of school administrators.

Banicki retired after eight years as superintendent of the Catlin school district at the end of the month and will start a new job as an assistant professor of education administration at Illinois State University in Normal in August.

Leal student enlists help, discovers lost time capsule

URBANA – Leal Elementary School students filled a time capsule and buried it 28 years ago. And it might have stayed buried, if it weren't for a fourth-grader, his mentor, and a former Leal student who was there when it was buried.

Suzanne Linder was in the first grade at Leal when the time capsule was buried in 1981. She remembers students putting in class pictures and some illustrations in the style of a children's author favored by one of their teachers, and maybe a list of what certain items cost at the time.

New UI Web site to track requests for public information

URBANA – What sort of information are newspapers and TV stations – and lawyers and unions – asking of the University of Illinois?

Visit a new Web site and you can find out.

The University of Illinois has started listing the requests for public information it receives on its Web site at

48 UI faculty members pen letter supporting chancellor

URBANA – A group of 48 prestigious University of Illinois faculty sent a letter in support of Chancellor Richard Herman to The News-Gazette on Monday, the day Herman testified before the state commission looking into the school's admissions procedures.

The letter calls recent events surrounding the admissions process "an unexpected and unwarranted assault" on UI leadership, and it expresses "full support" of UI administrators in their efforts to deal with the matter.

Climbing test planned for DACC wind-energy program

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College has been looking to fill the first class of its new Wind Energy Technician associate degree program. Those afraid of heights need not apply.

DACC officials said the program comes with a unique prerequisite: a climbing test. An actual wind turbine tower, measuring 240 feet or so from base to hub, if they get their way.