Parks and Recreation
GIBSON CITY – This Ford County town may be small in size, but it's large on ideas and principles – especially when it comes to its love affair with Chief Illiniwek.
Gibson City officials started an "Honor the Chief" day in 2005, when controversy over the University of Illinois athletic teams' mascot was at a peak. And now that the Chief has officially been retired, this town and its leaders still want to celebrate the Chief and what they believe he represented.
While more and more schools use technology to teach lessons, some districts are also turning to the technology in order to communicate with parents.
Last year, Danville schools started giving parents of middle and high school students access to grades and attendance, and the district will roll out its system to elementaries this school year.
The University YMCA will hold its annual Dump & Run sale later this week.
The Y collected about five semitrailer trucks full of items throughout the spring and summer from students and area community residents.
CATLIN – The village's park was the center of discussion at the village board meeting Tuesday, as a small group of women complained about the conditions there.
Kristin Yelenick said the playground equipment in the park is old, the garbage cans are sometimes overflowing and the grass sometimes gets too high between mowings. Her major concern, however, was the sand around the swings and playground equipment.
DANVILLE – You don't have to be a cross-country expert to enjoy Winter Park's new running trails.
Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Thomas Halloran, running enthusiast Robin Miller and the city's parks and recreation department, runners and walkers now can use six different running courses that crisscross the woods at Winter Park.
DANVILLE – Scott Hathaway, 52, of Logansport, Ind., collapsed during the running of the 17th annual Howl at the Moon run Saturday at Kennekuk County Park.
Cardiopulmonary resussitation was administered until rescue personnel arrived. He was taken to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m., according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.
RANTOUL – It was a hot day at the old airbase on Saturday, as the planes looped and swooped, signaling the opening of the first Chanute Air Festival.
Despite temperatures also swooping high at 90-plus degrees, a few thousand spectators braved the heat, shunned the shade and turned their eyes to the sky to catch a variety of small aircraft doing death-defying stunts.
RANTOUL – When the Chanute Air Festival starts today, it'll be missing Pilot Scaredy Cat.
That's because I'm staying on the ground.
FARMER CITY – After a 25-minute meeting Monday night, Farmer City council members readily acknowledged that next Monday night's public hearing about a proposed land swap with the Farmer City Fair Association will not be as short.
The hearing is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the American Legion Hall west of Woodlawn Country Club off Grove Street in Farmer City. City Manager David Joswiak said Robin Hanna of the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University will present a report of economic development options and a related cost analysis. Joswiak said the hearing will be to exchange ideas, gather information and hear opinions.
MAHOMET – Some homeowners who own land adjacent to Mahomet's Bridle Leash Park seem happier with the park's design after seeing changes at a neighborhood meeting Monday night.
"I think it's going to be a great thing for the community," said perimeter homeowner Diane Williford after the meeting.