Danville residents get together to clean up

DANVILLE — Ten Danville residents disgusted with litter in their city decided to do something about it on Tuesday.

Calling themselves the Danville Cleanup Team, they met at noon at the Salvation Army, 855 E. Fairchild St., with gloves, garbage bags and buckets and walked several blocks picking up trash in yards, streets, alleys and sidewalks.

Deputy, ambulance worker pull woman from burning car

SAVOY — A Champaign County sheriff's deputy and a Pro Ambulance employee worked together early Sunday to pull an unresponsive woman from a burning car, a first for both of the experienced emergency responders.

Champaign survivor of stage collapse 'lucky to be alive'

CHAMPAIGN — Connie Hoagland of Champaign says surviving the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair makes her "feel so lucky to be alive." 

Same name, different lives?

DANVILLE — Reggie Bush plans to spend some of Sunday evening pacing — at least the part from 8 to 9 p.m. Central Time, when his segment of "Same Name" airs on CBS.

Shelter not taking dogs due to virus

URBANA — The Champaign County Humane Society has stopped accepting dogs for a couple weeks after seeing three cases of canine parvovirus; many of its dogs also have upper-respiratory infections.

The shelter will begin accepting dogs again Aug. 24, if not sooner, if it's safe to do so, said Director Mary Tiefenbrunn.

Danville 'porch walk' aims to bring people downtown

DANVILLE — When Jacqueline Ward went house hunting in Danville's west downtown neighborhood several years ago, she had one main criteria in mind: a front porch.

Project begins to build Hope House for seniors

RANTOUL -- A dream at least five years in the making is about to become reality at Rantoul's Hope Meadows neighborhood.

Hope House, a living facility for older residents of that neighborhood, will be built.

A four-unit building is being razed to make way for the new dwelling place on Fairway Drive.

Group is diving in to help get Paxton pool reopened

PAXTON — In the late 1960s, Kitty Anderson was a Paxton High School student who needed a summer job, so she picked the coolest place in town — literally.

Champaign, Urbana, Savoy focus on safety

CHAMPAIGN — August is "Crime Prevention and Safety Month" in Champaign-Urbana and Savoy, and the three communities have organized a dozen events this month to recognize it.

The goal is to bring neighborhoods and communities together to work with police to fight crime, said Champaign neighborhood coordinator John Ruffin.

Scouts to practice for emergency at Rantoul airport

RANTOUL — Most emergencies can't be forecast.

One that will happen this week, though, has been planned for several months.

Boy Scouts, in conjunction with the Rantoul airport and area emergency agencies, will stage a mock emergency late Saturday afternoon.

The scenario involves a tornado hitting Rantoul, damaging a plane and injuring passengers.