THQ auction clouds Volition future

CHAMPAIGN — An analyst who covers the video game industry said Volition's "Saints Row" franchise will probably attract interest when Volition's parent company auctions off its assets Tuesday.

Teacher helps raise money for laptops

ROYAL — A seventh/eighth-grade math teacher at Prairieview Ogden Junior High has helped raise $3,345 to buy 28 Chromebook laptops for the school.

The PVO school board recognized Bryan Hartman at its monthly meeting this week for his efforts to raise funds for the purchase.

Rich Warren: Interesting developments at CES

When I began covering the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in the late 1970s, no newspapers expressed an interest in it. Now called International CES, every media outlet lavishes ink and bytes on it.

UI officially announced for $30 million computing research center

URBANA — It's official: A research center based at the University of Illinois will get $30 million to figure out ways to accommodate the next generation of computing.

The center — known as SONIC — will focus on increasing the information processing power and storage capacity of integrated circuits.

Gibson City council OKs purchase of iPads

GIBSON CITY — This small Ford County town is going high tech as council members and department heads will soon receive iPads to access all meeting documents, ordinances and zoning maps.

Dow to open 'innovation center' at Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — Dow Chemical Co. plans to open an "innovation center" in the University of Illinois Research Park, the company announced Monday.

The center will develop data management solutions for research and development organizations throughout the company.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Visiting artist will share love of trashformation

Anyone who knows even just a little about contemporary art realizes that more artists and craftsters are using recycled materials. Some call it green art; some, "trashformation."

Thomasboro to get fiber-optic Internet service

THOMASBORO — A new fiber-optic system that will provide high-speed Internet, telephone and cable television service will be installed in Thomasboro this year.

The village board approved a franchise agreement with Volo Broadband, a Champaign-based company, at its monthly meeting this week.

Danville Public School Foundation's 365 Club breakfast set Jan. 24

DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation is gearing up for its third annual 365 Club donor breakfast.

The breakfast will be held at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 24 at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane.

"We have over 140 people signed up, but there's room for more," Executive Director Bob Richard said, adding the breakfast is free and open to the community.

Volition could be sold separately in THQ auction

CHAMPAIGN — The Volition video-game studio and some of its game titles could be sold off separately as the result of a scheduled auction of THQ Inc.'s assets later this month.

Bids on the assets are due Jan. 22, and Volition and some of its games — namely "Saints Row" and its sequels — are considered among the most highly prized assets.