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Megan Smolenyak’s “Honoring Our Ancestors” newsletters always include good news about her research, as well as other interesting reports. Her recent issue includes a link to a video that is sure to brighten your day.

Good Saturday, everyone! These are the last days of May and National Mental Health Awareness Month. Just because this month is ending does not mean we stop acknowledging and changing the way we look at those who struggle with mental illness.

DANVILLE — For the first time in decades, the individual slanted marker for Col. Oscar F. Harmon’s grave at Spring Hill Cemetery has seen the light of day.

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COVINGTON, Ind. – Business owners across the state line in Indiana can breathe a sigh of relief and take a break now that Illinois has started allowing restaurants, retail stores and salons to open up in various capacities.

SPRINGFIELD — As was expected, the City of Danville’s and Danville metropolitan statistical area unemployment numbers reached record highs with the coronavirus pandemic.

DANVILLE — An ordinance allowing for electronic attendance of aldermen at city meetings in certain cases, when meetings return to normal, is on Danville City Council’s Tuesday agenda.


COVINGTON, Ind. – The Beef House has been busy serving up steak dinners and its famous rolls in the restaurant’s dining room since May 11 when Indiana eateries were allowed to open at 50 percent capacity.

DANVILLE — The Danville Public Library will expand services to offer access to public computers, photocopying and faxing as well as home delivery of library materials starting on Monday, June 1.

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DANVILLE — Their clients might be just a little more excited about Allure Hair & Make-Up Salon reopening than co-owners Debbie Salts and Shawn Jones.

DANVILLE – The Danville District 118 board was asked Wednesday night to consider using a portion of coronavirus-related funding to improve access to technology within the district.

DANVILLE — Danville District 118 officials will prepare plans for three different learning environments, with one of them possibly being implemented in the fall.

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DANVILLE — At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Cresco Labs opened its Sunnyside Danville cannabis dispensary.

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DANVILLE – Heartland Fair, a downtown Danville mainstay for the last 27 years, is closing its doors Saturday.

SPRINGFIELD — As summer camps across the country are closed due to the continued threat of the coronavirus, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is introducing virtual camps, giving girls of all ages an opportunity to continue or discover their Girl Scout experience.


These children wanted to honor fallen veterans, even if it meant having to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic. From left to right, Ava Spady, 11, of St. Joseph; Isla Kuemmerle, 7, of Danville; Stella Spady, 8, of St. Joseph; and Slayton Kuemmerle, 9, of Danville paused to pay th…

DANVILLE — Chase Miles, formerly of 327 Maple St., Gilman, was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony, and five years imprisonment for the offense of threatening a public official…

DANVILLE — Despite the Illinois Gaming Board not meeting in the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic and casino plans moving more quickly in Terre Haute, Ind., Haven Gaming Attorney Scott Sypolt says they still remain ready for construction to begin as soon as the IGB would give c…

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Danville High School senior Nora Abdelghani was the first to receive her diploma during the graduation ceremony Tuesday morning in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium. Social distancing measures were in place during the ceremony.

DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members tonight will hear how the 2020-2021 school year might start and what the fall semester might possibly look like.

DANVILLE – The Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday will consider enrollment incentives for the fall semester.

DANVILLE — The Danville Police Department announced it issued 61 citations during the recent Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced the reopening plan for driver services facilities, with the first two months focused on serving only new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and vehicle transactions.

Top: Members of the Georgetown American Legion Dornblaser Post 203 honor guard fire a salute during their Memorial Day ceremony at The Georgetown Cemetery Monday morning. Onlookers braved rain and practiced social distancing precautions during the ceremony. Above left: members of the Governo…

RIDGE FARM — Stan Richardson isn’t going to let anything, not even a pandemic, keep him from doing what’s important — honoring veterans.

DANVILLE — A 30-year-old Danville man was taken to the hospital early Sunday morning with a gunshot wound to the neck.


The Senate on early Sunday morning passed a budget package authorizing $42.8 billion in general revenue spending next year, although much of that remains tentative depending on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential congressional action that could send more financial aid to states.

DANVILLE — People whose loved ones are buried at Danville National Cemetery may continue the tradition of placing flowers and flags on Memorial Day.

DANVILLE – Now that warmer weather has arrived, the Vermilion County Health Department seeks the public’s assistance with the collection of dead birds to test for West Nile Virus (WNV).

In July 1929, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Graves purchased the Bailey confectionery store in the old opera house block near the railroad in Williamsport, Ind.

Good Saturday, everyone! May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there are more people than normal, right now, dealing with mental health issues due to the quarantine.

In today’s article, two new terms — double depression and dysthymia — will be introduced. The key to understanding both is to see how healthy positive thinking patterns can be changed into unhealthy ones.

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DANVILLE — Flags will wave across Vermilion County and western Indiana this weekend to honor those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

The Urbana Free Library, which is closed to the public because of the coronavirus, has announced that patrons may request items from its collection and schedule a curbside pickup. Requests can be made by browsing the library’s collection on its website or mobile app or by calling the library…

HOOPESTON — The Hoopeston Area school board approved the bid of $182,000 from Technology Resource Advisors, Inc. for Chromebooks for the district at Thursday’s meeting. The bid will replace 351 touchscreens at Maple Grade School and 149 elsewhere in the district.

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DANVILLE – Sixteen Danville High School seniors were surprised Thursday when DHS Principal Tracy Cherry and her staff showed up on their doorstep bearing gifts of maroon-and-silver balloons, yard signs and giant-sized checks.

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Tim Oxner, member of the American Legion Dornblaser Post 203 of Georgetown, places a flag on a veteran’s grave in a cemetery in Georgetown. The event was organized by Troy Pate, senior vice commander, and assisted by Steve Pearson, post financial officer. The Legion will have a shortened Mem…

HOOPESTON — Mayor Bill Crusinberry informed the council Tuesday evening of the Rebuild Illinois Program community grants for shovel-ready projects. Deadlines are June 15 for the Fast Track Grant, which is based strictly on points, and June 30.

DANVILLE — Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries’ donation centers will begin accepting drop-off donations at its remaining locations starting Wednesday. That includes the Danville location at 904 N. Gilbert.

TILTON — As with many people, Darren Alexander says his whole life has been turned upside down with the coronavirus.

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DANVILLE — Danville Mass Transit is making plans to expand its Jackson Street building and make capital purchases with Rebuild Illinois funding and Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds.

OAKWOOD — Oakwood school board members will meet via teleconference today to consider accepting the retirement of Oakwood High School Principal Tim Lee after the next school year and beginning a search for his replacement.

Hospital metrics Tuesday showed the number of hospital beds, intensive care unit beds and ventilators occupied by COVID-19 patients are all at their lowest levels since the state began updating the numbers daily on April 12.

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DANVILLE — With job layoffs and uncertainty, financial challenges are real for most people in the area.

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of Rossville, passed away May 28, 2020, at Heritage Health, in Hoopeston. Graveside services 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2020, at Rossville Cemetery. Blurton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.