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DANVILLE — With a major renovation project nearly finished at St. James United Methodist Church, the Rev. Randy Robinson said, “We’re all smiles.”

Genealogical/historical societies have been publishing quarterly magazines, called quarterlies, with valuable genealogical data for their members, and others. Unfortunately unless one is a member of the publishing society, or lives in the area being documented, the relevant material goes unnoticed.

Tularemia was recently confirmed in a dead, wild rabbit that was found in Urbana. A second case was confirmed in a cat in Champaign. Pet owners and non-pet owners alike should be aware of this disease given its ability to infect both humans and pets.

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COVINGTON, Ind. — Third-graders at Covington Elementary School are turning into little fishes — and they’re loving it.

DANVILLE – A John Deere tractor the city refurbished last year but still needed more work and another piece of equipment will be traded for one of the equipment purchases the city council will consider approving next week.

OAKWOOD – The Oakwood Village Board will meet today to consider entering into an agreement with Oakwood School District 76 to create a school resource officer position.

DANVILLE — Former Danville City Council Alderman Bill Black thinks a trained manager would help the city make hard-nosed fiscal decisions and be more open with aldermen and the public.

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DANVILLE – A Danville High School teacher has been suspended without pay after being charged with criminal sexual assault by someone in a position of trust for allegedly having a relationship with a DHS student.

HOOPESTON — Hoopeston Area school board members unanimously approved a tentative 2019 budget and set a public hearing date Thursday. The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 in the high school library.


DANVILLE – With three fatalities in a little more than a year at railroad crossings, the city has requested a diagnostic team to look at the possibility of more physical measures at railroad crossings to reduce the likelihood of future accidents.

DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members Wednesday night reviewed a proposed spending plan for the district for the 2018-2019 school year.

DANVILLE – The constantly changing inventory at a new women’s boutique at Towne Centre promises to make shopping there a fun experience.

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DANVILLE – A Danville man is being held at the Public Safety Building in connection with an armed robbery late Wednesday night at the Bowman Avenue McDonald’s.


NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

ELGIN — The job of the newest staff member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Elgin is to spread love ... on four paws.

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DANVILLE — Since 2004, Fair Hope Children’s Ministry has been helping local families, and now it’s outgrown its space in a former parsonage at 908 May.


DANVILLE — Heart 4 Life’s fundraiser to help area families has been getting bigger and better every year, an organizer says.

DANVILLE — Several North Ridge Middle School parents voiced their concerns at Wednesday night’s Danville District 118 meeting about what they perceived to be a lack of response by district officials in dealing with a former volunteer.

DANVILLE — An employee with the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s office has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation.

SPRINGFIELD — The hunt for auctioneers to settle a $9.7 million debt by selling off parts of a valuable collection of Lincoln artifacts, including an iconic stovepipe hat and gloves bloodied the night he was assassinated, began Wednesday, but the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Muse…

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is distorting the truth on U.S. economic growth and jobs, pointing to record-breaking figures that don't exist and not telling the full story on black unemployment.

DANVILLE – Local Watchfire Signs officials are excited about the sign company being chosen to renovate the Freemont Street Experience canopy in Las Vegas.

DANVILLE – Vermilion Advantage announced as of Wednesday it will retire the Chamber Dollars program and not issue any additional checks.

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DANVILLE – About 400 incoming freshmen got a taste Tuesday of what the first day of school will be like today at Danville High School.

DANVILLE – The city’s third annual electronics recycling event is set for 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 again at the Public Works Facility on Voorhees Street.

Vermilion County residents who, due to a disability, are unable to appear in person to register to vote may contact the County Clerk’s Voter Registration Hotline at (217) 554-1915 for assistance.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse, according to a g…

ROCKFORD — More than 400 northern Illinois residents have signed a petition opposing special-use permits that would allow the development of four proposed solar farms.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Paul Manafort's defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman's tax evasion and fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify.

URBANA — A University of Illinois report is recommending new efforts to support students in the first weeks of school when sexual assaults are most common, especially among freshman.

DANVILLE — Three teenagers were arrested Monday in connection with a shooting earlier that day in the first block of Kentucky, according to Danville Police Commander Joshua Webb.

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DANVILLE — Brittany Wright has had her home and commercial building cleaning business, Wright’s Cleaning Service, for about two years.

DANVILLE — If you’re proud of native sons Dick Van Dyke and Gene Hackman, here’s a chance to vote for them as top actors from Illinois.

DANVILLE – Danville police are investigating a home invasion that occurred early Sunday morning in the 900 block of East Fairchild Street.

WASHINGTON — Peter Strzok, a longtime FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation over anti-Trump text messages, has been fired by the agency, his lawyer said Monday.

NEW YORK — Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill.