Homeless count to be conducted

Shelters, soup kitchens and other programs that serve the homeless will count heads this week to get a picture of homelessness in the community.

New printer brings students' ideas to life - in 3 dimensions

DANVILLE – Danville High School's Project Lead the Way program took a big step into the 21st century this year thanks to a high-tech tool that looks kind of like a front-loading washing machine.

State police increasing efforts on safe driving education

State police hope that by constantly reminding the public about the number of people killed in traffic accidents, they can reduce the number.

Although statewide there were fewer fatalities on Illinois roads in 2008 than in 2007, the number in the nine counties that make up District 10 was up, according to Capt. Stuart Shaver of the Pesotum post.

UI Extension program offering seminars on computers

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Internet Masters of the University of Illinois Extension program will present a series of seminars aimed at helping people become more familiar with computer and digital equipment use.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to noon on designated dates. The following classes are scheduled to begin in February:

Staerkel Planetarium's new show geared toward adults

CHAMPAIGN – If you want to learn more about the solar system but you're too old for "Rusty Rocket's Last Blast," Parkland College's Staerkel Planetarium has a new show for you.

"The Planets" is the first show covering the entire solar system and aimed at adults that the Planetarium has offered since "Odyssey" – the show it featured when it opened in 1987.

Cancer group promotes online health assessment

CHAMPAIGN – Weight: In the healthy range.

Diet: Good job for choosing whole grains and fat-free dairy, and eating more fruits and veggies than cheeseburgers.

Villa Grove's police cars getting new computers

VILLA GROVE – All three of the city's police squad cars will soon be outfitted with new mobile computers.

The city council approved the installation of the computers at Monday night's meeting for a total cost of $982.

Champaign schools to focus on steps to save energy

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign school board member wants to challenge each school building in the district to reduce its energy use intensity – how much energy is used based on its square footage – by 10 percent over the next year.

UI Law school hires new dean from within

Bruce Smith, currently an associate dean in academic affairs for the college, will be the new dean, pending approval next week by the university's board of trustees.

News-Gazette uses Twitter to send alerts

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.