CHAMPAIGN – Along with faithful publication of the daily newspaper, The News-Gazette is taking new approaches to how it publishes news.
Many of them involve the Internet. The paper can send news alerts to cell phones using Twitter, and it plans to improve interactivity with a Web site redesign coming later this year.
MAHOMET – At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Army Sgt. Joshua Huddleston heard the scream of wheels and a crash.
He and his brother, Joe, stepped outside into a cold, windy night and saw a flashlight in the distance. Joe went inside, figuring someone would call the fire department. Josh Huddleston ran toward it.
With no coat or gloves, Huddleston sprinted up and across the grassy berm near his parents' home in Candlewood Estates and through a windbreak of trees. He ran across Prairieview Road, to the corner where it intersects with Golfview Drive.
CHAMPAIGN – Ryan and Ashton Clark spend a lot of time churning out ideas for Web-based businesses.
In the past seven years, the 20-year-old twin brothers – both juniors at the University of Illinois – have formed more than a dozen such ventures, with products ranging from online music to sports apparel to parking-place reservations.
DANVILLE – As a longtime principal and mentor to aspiring principals, Carol Stack knows both the pressures of the job and what makes a successful school leader.
Stack retired in 2007 after 31 years in education, almost all of it in the Champaign school district. But she hasn't left behind her interest in seeing talented educators take on leadership roles.
URBANA – A resolution stating the city's intention to post a number of budget and finance documents on the Internet is coming up for a vote Monday night, and it's likely to be close.
The resolution is being put forward by Alderman Charlie Smyth, D-Ward 1, but it's drawing the opposition of Mayor Laurel Prussing, who said that the city already posts the documents listed in the resolution and that she doesn't see the point.
CHAMPAIGN – The FutureGen Alliance bought more than 400 acres of land Thursday to build the world's first clean coal-powered plant.
Officials plan to announce the move, along with results from a new geology test, at 10:30 a.m. today at Mattoon Schools Administrative Center.
CHAMPAIGN – Edison Middle School students were working, bent over tables filled with computer parts, after school Wednesday.
They were installing motherboards and power supplies and adding video cards and CD drives with the help of members of the Geek Squad, who troubleshoot and repair computers.
CHAMPAIGN – Power was restored to about 400 households before 9 p.m. Tuesday after about a five-hour outage.
An equipment failure left the residents without electricity since about 3:30 Tuesday, said Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris. The outages were near Campbell Drive, he said, which is north of Interstate 74 and just east of Mattis Avenue. That's located in the 61821 ZIP code, where more than 15,000 households have Ameren power.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign University of Illinois Extension Center will host free "See Your Soldier" video conferences involving area families and their soldiers stationed in Iraq on Jan. 12 and 13.
Families must register online at http://www.seeyour soldier.uiuc.edu no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 23 to be eligible for a time slot, and reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
DANVILLE – Residents may not notice a difference in calls to the county's 911 system, but the center's dispatchers will.