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Danville Schools Expected to be Ready for Opening

The start of the new school year is only four weeks away for Danville District 118 students who attend school on the traditional calendar.  But while there is much work remains to be done on construction projects at East Park Elementary and Danville High School, Superintendent Mark Denman is confident the work will get done.

Denman discussed the projects on WDAN’s Newsmakers program today (Monday), and noted that much of the work has been done on local schools while classes were in session….

Superintendant Denman says improvements East Park are very similar to those that were made earlier at South View and North Ridge Middle Schools.   He adds the City of Danville is using tax increment financing money to help make improvements around Danville High School…..

A new handicapped accessible parking area is also being built along the east side of Jackson Street, just southwest of the school.

Superintendent Denman noted on the program that the School District has been working closely with the City of Danville to improve the DHS Campus.   He also pointed to earlier improvements, including the Wayland-Young Athletic Facility at Danville High School, and the acquisition and demolition of some homes near the high school.

[These photos show the massive amount of construction work that is still underway around both East Park Elementary School in the top two pictures, and Danville High School in the bottom two.  The second photo from top shows the new cafeteria area that is being added at East Park.  The third photo shows construction workers busy at Danville High School on Monday.  They were working in the area where Jackson has been narrowed to a single lane as part of the safety improvements being made.]

[This photo shows the progress being made on an environmentally green multi-purpose area southeast of Danville High School.  The area will be able to be used for parking or such things as marching band practice once completed.  A new drainage system was included as part of the project.  The City of Danville earlier received a $750-thousand dollar federal grant to help with some of the improvements.  The money is being channeled through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to the City of Danville's Midtown Tax Increment Financing District.]

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Blood Drive in Honor of Team Tanner

Lakeview College of Nursing is sponsoring a Blood Drive in honor of Team Tanner. It will be from 12 - 4pm on Thursday, April 24, at Courtesy Ford on Vermilion Street.

All You Can Eat Noodles with Chicken or Beef at the VFW

Friday, April 25, 2014 - All  you can eat noodles with chicken or beef at the VFW, 8 Pine St, Danville. Serving from 11 am - 6 pm. Meal includes mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Carry-outs available and delivery on large orders within city limits. Price $6.00.

Danville Care Center Blood Drive

Friday, April 25 from 11 am – 3 pm in the cafeteria. To make an appointment, contact Nancy Burris at 217-443-2977 or

Benefit Concert for Dylan Lyons

Benefit Concert for Dylan Lyons on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the David S Palmer Arena, Danville. Doors open at 5 pm. bands start at 5:30 pm. Tickets $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Age 15 and under free when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets available at the Palmer Arena Box Office. Entertainment = X-Krush, 90s Daughter, Feuding Hillbillys, Heel Dragger, Upshot, Johnnie Mae, James Jones Trio, John Jansky. Silent auctions; 50/50; Dylan t-shirts and bracelets.
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Covington United Methodist Women to Hold Annual Rummage Sale

Covington United Methodist Women's annual rummage sale will take place Saturday, April 26, from 8 am - 1 pm EST at the church, 419 Washington St, Covington. Clothing for adults and children, small appliances, glassware, toys, crafts and miscellaneous. Proceeds will help the United Methodist Women support various local, national and world mission projects. For additional information, please contact Fauneil Bever @ 765-793-3016 or Jane Moore @ 765-366-1302.

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Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

An All-you-can-eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast to benefit the Hoopeston Animal Shelter will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 6 am - 11:30 am at the Hoopeston American Legion, 502 E. Penn St. in Hoopeston.  Carry-outs will be available.  Good will offerings and/or donations of pet food, toys, cat litter, cleaning supplies, towels will be accepted.   For more information call 217-283-6312.

1st Annual F.A.V.O.R. Bar Stool Open

Saturday, April 26th at 11 am. Register today at Registration fees are $80 per team; 4 people per team. All proceeds go to local charities. Locations: Elks #332, American Legion, VFW, Moose Lodge, Masonic Center, K of C, Gao Grotto. MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD TO PLAY.

YMCA's Healthy Kids Day

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Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner

Union Corner United Methodist Church , 14158 Perrysville Rd, Danville will be having their annual chicken noodle dinner on Saturday, April 26 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, dinner rolls, homemade desserts and drinks. Freewill offerings accepted.

Chicken Noodle Dinner

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