Drug court yields 32nd class of success stories

URBANA — Eight men and four women with a boatload of troubles in their past due to drug use will sail on to a new life Monday after being sober and crime-free for at least a year.

They are the 32nd class to complete Champaign County's drug court program and will be honored at a ceremony at 2:15 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center.

Debate over wildlife park proposal isn't done

SULLIVAN — Big, spitting camels people should never get too close to, zebras that could suffer from sunburn, no guarantee that a wild animal wouldn't escape, the potential for injuries and lawsuits — and those are just some of the concerns a retired zookeeper has about allowing a zoo and wild animal park to open on a piece of farmland near Arthur.

Area history, June 6, 2015

In 1915, "This is not a spasmodic cleanup campaign," Mayor Swigart told Constable Shields Casper, who has been employed as the city health inspector. "People must clean up their premises and keep them clean. See to it, Mr. Casper, that you impress this fact upon them.

UPDATED: 'Rentertainment' fund drive tops goal

CHAMPAIGN — A crowd-funding campaign to donate rare videos from That's Rentertainment to the University of Illinois Library has already exceeded its initial goal.

Dena Strong, the coordinator of the campaign, had set an initial goal of raising $1,000, and by 8:10 a.m. this morning, 45 people had pledged a total of $1,665 to the campaign.

Vietnam memorial replica coming to Watseka

WATSEKA — The Wall that Heals — the traveling, half-size Vietnam memorial replica — is coming to Iroquois County.

The county made a large sacrifice to that war.

Gilman, with a present population of 1,700, lost three young men in Vietnam: Robert E. St. Peter, James P. Vadbunker and Frederick J. Youmans.

Go figure, June 5, 2015


Rantoul triplets headed to San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base in three months for basic training.

KLAY, MADISON and MIKAYLA MEDLEN, members of Rantoul High's Class of 2015, all signed up for six-year stints in the family's favorite military branch.

Area history, June 5, 2015

Today is Friday, June 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Bishop E.M. Dunne of the Peoria Diocese will be in Champaign next Wednesday to lay the cornerstone of the new St. Mary's parochial school building in Champaign.

Notes-Worthy: Jeff Grider

CU Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Jeff Grider:

How long have you been a singer, and what was it like singing on a cruise ship?

Summer love: The county fair

The rides, the food, the kids running wild, the livestock and jellies and jams competitions, the sweat on your forehead — it's county fair season.

Prepare for the swarms of racing kids and excitable teenagers.

He showed up — every single day

DANVILLE — This year, one Danville High School graduate accomplished something that few others have done.

Cody Peelman completed not just high school but his entire K-12 education with a perfect attendance record.

"I feel pretty proud," said Cody, 18. "Not a lot of people have done it. It's something I can carry with me."