Indiana man gets jail sentence for cannabis in Douglas County

TUSCOLA — An Indiana man who admitted having cannabis in a van stopped on Interstate 57 in Douglas County more than a year ago has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Jason Feliciano, 28, of Merrillville, Ind., pleaded guilty Monday before Douglas County Judge Mike Carroll to possession of cannabis, a Class 1 felony.

Featured speaker announced for sustainability symposium

CHAMPAIGN – An author and consultant on innovation, excellence and sustainability will be the featured speaker for a sustainability symposium in Champaign next week.

Vermilion County Board District 2 candidates

Vermilion County Board District 2 candidates

Susan Ponder Miller

Age: 59

Party: Democrat

Residence: Rural Oakwood

Political experience: Served two four-year terms as Vermilion County circuit clerk 2000-2008; appointed to Vermilion County board District 2 in 2010

Two seek District 2 seat on Vermilion County Board

DANVILLE – Two candidates are vying for one seat in Vermilion County board District 2 in the Nov. 2 election.

Candidates' forum scheduled for Tuesday at DACC

DANVILLE – A candidates' forum is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 19)  in the Bremer Conference Center at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St.

Janet Cornelius will be moderator. Candidates who have indicated they will attend are:

– 15th Congressional District: David Gill, Democrat.

Potomac to flush water system

POTOMAC – The village of Potomac will conduct hydrant flushing from Tuesday through Thursday.

The process is part of the regular maintenance of the village's water system.

Water may be discolored during the process, but is fit to drink and does not have to be boiled, according to village officials.

Champaign County Nursing Home hits financial skid

URBANA – After a series of months in the black, finances at the Champaign County Nursing Home have taken a turn for the worse.

But the facility is still about $100,000 ahead for the year, the county nursing home board of directors learned Monday night.

104th District race: Basic similarities, ideological differences

DANVILLE – Speaking last week to a group of social workers at the Danville Public Library, the two candidates to succeed veteran state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, in the 104th House District came across as near carbon copies.

UI scientist offering leaflet on identifying ash borer

URBANA – After the recent infestation of the emerald ash borer in trees in Rantoul, University of Illinois entomologist Jim Appleby is offering a four-page color leaflet that can help homeowners identify the pest and the telltale D-shaped holes it leaves when it exits an infested tree.

The leaflet includes close-up photos that help people know what to look for.

Family Service Senior Resource Center wins state award

CHAMPAIGN – A program that helps seniors – or anyone with a chronic medical condition – take charge of their health has won a state award from the Illinois Department on Aging.

The Family Service Senior Resource Center in Champaign received one of six 2010 Governor's Awards for Unique Achievement this month for its healthy-aging program.