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Champaign Church Fire Cause Probed

Champaign Church Fire Cause Probed

Flames ripped through a Champaign church early today (Monday, January 21, 2019) as Champaign and Urbana firefighters fought the flames in brutally cold weather.

Firefighters responded to an automatic alarm at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church shortly after 3:00 a.m.   Once on the scene they discovered heavy smoke and flames coming from the church at 808 E. Bradley Avenue.

The fire was quickly upgraded to a second-alarm.  Firefighters used aerial devices to fight the flames and remained on the scene hours later dousing any hot spots.

There have been no reports of any injuries.  An investigation is getting underway to try to determine what caused the blaze.

‘Project Success’ Program Wins State Grants

‘Project Success’ Program Wins State Grants

The ‘Project Success’ Program of Vermilion County will be able to continue its after school programs at some area locations for another five years.  The Illinois State Board of Education has awarded Project Success a nearly $3-million dollars in 21st Century Grants.  The money is in addition to the $4.2 million dollars in grants awarded…

City Committee to Consider Residency Requirement

City Committee to Consider Residency Requirement

The Public Services Committee of the Danville City Council will be resuming a discussion on residency requirements for city employees on Tuesday (January 22, 2019).  Currently some city employees are allowed to live up to five miles outside the city limits.  They include Danville police and firefighters and Public Works employees. Department heads, non-union city…

MLK Events Set Sunday, Monday in Danville

MLK Events Set Sunday, Monday in Danville

Danville’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration begins Sunday (January 20th) with the annual MLK Scholarship Banquet.  Then events continue Monday with a motorcade-parade honoring Dr. King followed by a celebration service at St. James United Methodist Church. ‘Peace in the Midst of the Storm’ is the message the MLK Committee is trying to spread this…

Area Residents Cautioned About Shoveling Snow

Area Residents Cautioned About Shoveling Snow

With the snow hitting our area this weekend, many people will be out trying to clear their sidewalks.  But before you grab the shovel, OSF HealthCare is reminding citizens that shoveling can be dangerous – and even deadly. More than 195,000 people are injured every year due to accidents from shoveling snow.  The risks include…

Red Cross Offers Tips on Winter Storm

Red Cross Offers Tips on Winter Storm

As heavy snow and bitterly cold weather moves into our region the American Red Cross is offering some tips on staying safe.  ‘’Whether trying to keep your home warm or having to be outside in the cold, you can follow these steps to get through the storm,’’ said Lyn Hruska, Regional Chief Executive Officer for…

Jury Finds Danville Man Innocent of Murder

Jury Finds Danville Man Innocent of Murder

A Vermilion County Circuit Court jury has found a Danville man not guilty of first-degree murder in a 2009 shooting.  Jurors deliberated about two hours Thursday afternoon before finding Lafayette Harper innocent. Four years ago Harper was sentenced to 65 years in prison for the October 24th, 2009 shooting death of Timothy Shutes Junior.  The…

Local Community Health Network Wins Grant

Local Community Health Network Wins Grant

A network that has provided over 2,000 people with financial assistance, spiritual support, healthcare and other social services in the Danville area is getting some help.  The John P Cadle Foundation has awarded the Central Illinois Community Health Network a $10-thousand dollar grant. The grant will provide full funding for the database used to help…

Motorist Struck by Stray Bullet on Route One

Motorist Struck by Stray Bullet on Route One

Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police are investigating an incident in which a motorist was hit by a stray bullet Wednesday evening (January 16, 2019).   Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Hartshorn says a 28-year-old Georgetown woman was shot as she drove along route one. Hartshorn says the bullet had apparently been fired by someone involved in an altercation…

Some Local Lawmakers Setting Their Priorities

Some Local Lawmakers Setting Their Priorities

State Senator Scott Bennett and Representative Mike Marron are eager to get the spring legislative session underway.  Both men have some priorities in mind, but Marron realizes getting anything done will require cooperation from Democrats since they control both chambers and the Governor’s office. Representative Marron says he got some ideas for new bills while…