DACC instructer named an Educator of the Year

Danville Area Community College’s Wendy Brown was presented a state educator of the year award in Springfield. She will be recognized by the Illinois Community College Faculty Association. Brown is a microbiology and biological science instructor. She started teaching at DACC 15 years ago. The award isn’t the first for Brown who received the Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award in 2010. Brown said she is proud to represent DACC.


Police probe a shooting

Danville police are investigating a shooting that injured a local man. Police responded to a shooting in the unit block of Kentucky Street and found the 19-year-old with a wound to his upper arm. The victim reported he was in his vehicle when two males began shooting at him. He said his vehicle was shot several times, and he was struck once in the arm. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and released. The suspects were last seen running from the area. Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 217-431-2250 or Vermilion County Crimestoppers at 217-446-TIPS (8477).


Westville woman injured in traffic accident

The investigation continues into the vehicle accident that occurred between a Westville woman and a state trooper. Thirty-four year old Erika Langford was airlifted to an Urbana hospital following the accident on Friday.  She has been listed in critical condition. The trooper involved was treated and released.

Illinois State Police say their preliminary investigation indicated Langford was southbound on Batetown Road and the trooper was westbound in a squad car on U.S. 150 when Langford failed to stop at a stop sign.  The trooper swerved to the left, but was unable to avoid striking Langford’s unit in the driver’s side door. U.S. route 150 was closed in that area for about five hours after the crash.

Troopers say Langford has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, disobeying a traffic control device, and possession of open alcohol by a driver.


Chad Hays wins Legislator honors

Local State Representative Chad Hays has been named Legislator of the Year by the Illinois chapters of the National Emergency Number Association (INENA) and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. This year Hays championed the measure which amended the Emergency Telephone System Act as it relates to 9-1-1 service in Illinois. He garnered Republican support for the measure when it initially came before the House of Representatives and then again when a three-fifths majority became necessary to override a gubernatorial veto of the bill.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my efforts that relate to ensuring reliable 9-1-1 service for Illinoisans,” said Hays. He says it is critical that when people dial 9-1-1 they should have full confidence that they’ll be immediately connected to emergency personnel and first responders that can provide the assistance they need.

In addition to the Legislator of the Year honor, Hays was also recently appointed to serve as a voting member of a statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board.


Adult community has groundbreaking

Autumn Fields Adult Community had a ceremonial groundbreaking of its 48 unit assisted living in Tilton. Ally Jackson, one of the owners, said the Tilton location on 14th street will be their third local facility. The facility will cost about 4.5 million dollars to build.  Jackson says it will be state of the art facility with a variety of apartment styles with 3 meals a day, 24-hour care, weekly housekeeping, transportation, utilities and daily activities.  Tilton Mayor David Phillips is delighted to see the project and the jobs it will mean.

He says the project received Illinois grant money.  He says it is one of several major projects underway in Tilton. 



PRO ambulance expands to Tilton, Oakwood

Tilton also has more good news. Presence PRO Ambulance is expanding service to Tilton and Oakwood. PRO Ambulance been providing 911 ambulance service in Danville since February. This expanded service will provide consistent advanced lifesaving emergency service coverage to the area. PRO will be partnering with Oakwood Rescue and Tilton Fire Department to make sure that an advanced life support provider is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A launch ceremony for the ambulance service will be at 1:30 today



20 year old sentenced in murder

A 20-year-old Danville man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a shootout that killed a 16 year old in Danville's Garfield Park. Dallaz Camareno pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for the 20-year sentence, which will be followed by two years of mandatory supervised release. In June 2016, Camareno was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of mob action for his role in the fatal shooting of Devon McClyde. McClyde was a Danville High School student who'd just finished playing basketball in the park and was shot in a crossfire of bullets while walking toward the Boys and Girls Club.



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Fire Marshall probes local blaze

The state fire marshal’s office is working with the Westville fire department to determine the cause of a Monday blaze that destroyed a business and apartment.  Just before 6 a.m., a call came in for smoke coming from the RC Electric building at 1414 State St. in Westville.   Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames when they arrived. After about 20 minutes, Wright said the fire broke through the roof of the structure. Fire departments from Danville, Georgetown and Tilton helped Westville firefighters battle the blaze. Police closed route one in that area and detoured traffic around the scene.

The cement block building that has an apartment on its south side. The apartment is occupied, but the tenant was not home at the time of the fire. No one from RC Electric was in the building, either.  R.C. Electric's owner told news reporters that he plans on rebuilding.



Funds raised for Cancer Center

 Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s recent “It’s All in the Jean’s”   fundraiser raised more than 13 thousand dollars to benefit cancer prevention, detection and treatment programs in the Vermilion County area. The charitable donations will be used to enhance services at the cancer center and provide community education on the importance of regular cancer screenings.



Champaign facility wins Sustainability Award

A manufacturing facility in Champaign that makes plastic caps was awarded a 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award. Silgan Closures was one of 22 organizations statewide honored by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Silgan Closures has taken a number of steps to cut waste and energy consumption. It switched from injection molding machines to compression molding machines, which use less time and energy, and allows for the caps to be cooled quickly while still in the mold. This reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2,891 metric tons.

And it replaced its fluorescent lights with LED lights, saving 136 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. It has also switched to more environmentally friendly cleaning solutions and uses its own scrap recycling system. The Champaign plant makes plastic caps and closures for a variety of different consumer products, such as for sports drink bottles.

Since 1987, ISTC has presented Illinois Sustainability Awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.



Bresee Tower fate goes to court

The fate of the Bresee Tower in Danville has gone to court. Scottie Porter, executive director of Historic Renovations, the building’s new owners, said he has been served with a lawsuit. He claims that the city has filed suit to gain control of the building and tear it down.

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer told WITY that the lawsuit is degisned to protect the public from falling debris from the building which is getting worse. He said the city wants the company to put into place a protective system to ensure the public would not be endangered by failing terra cotta. He says that the building cannot go thru another freeze-thaw cycle without remediation.

Porter says the lawsuit was among the first contact he has had with city officials since taking over the building. He said that he has hired an architect and a company to make the replacement panels.  Next Friday a firm will be on site to begin mapping out the rehabilitation project.

The mayor says the problem is that Historic Renovations did not just take title to the building, they took over the corporation “Land Company of Danville.” This is the company that Danville has been trying to get to act on repairing the falling exterior of the building. He said the company has refused to do anything over a period of years.  The city says there are more terra cotta pieces about the fall from higher floors and that is very dangerous. The City asks the court to fine Land Company of Danville from $200 to $1,000 per day for each day that violations in Bresee Tower are not corrected.  And the City seeks authorization to file a lien against the real estate for costs of demolition, including court costs and attorney’s fees and other costs associated with the demolition of the building. Eisenhauer says the city doesn’t want the building. “We support his efforts, encourage his renovation efforts, but impress upon him the urgency of abating the dangers before winter.”


County to have new office building

Vermilion County is going to take over ownership of a former Federal building. Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron will accept a deed and possession of the building at 201 North Vermilion in Danville. The building was constructed in 1911 and first used as a U.S. Post Office.  It also was used as a federal court building for many years until those operations moved into a new building in Urbana. The county plans to move the offices now housed in the Courthouse Annex building at 6 N. Vermilion.

Marron praised the work done by local Congressman John Shimkus in obtaining the building for Vermilion County.  There was no purchase cost in obtaining the building. He said this allows the county to get new space and preserves a historic building which will again be open for public use. The county also got help from the Government Services Administration and the National Park Service in getting the building.  The National Park Service will help the county maintain the building as a historic site.

Offices listed to make the move are: Vermilion County Board office and meeting area; supervisor of assessment; county treasurer; recorder of deeds; county clerk; emergency management agency; technical services; and city election commission. Marron said it will take some time for the building to be prepared for the offices and for the offices to make the move.

One of the chief reasons for moving the office is the county’s fear that the Annex building could be in danger because of the decay of the outer portion of Bresee Tower, to which it is connected. Ironically. Breese Tower just got a new owner who promised to repair and renovate the structure.




Air Expo returning to Danville

The Vermilion Regional Air Expo will be returning Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Vermilion Regional Airport. The Air Expo will feature an Airshow both days, building off the success of the 2017 event. Plans originally called for the Air Expo to be held every two years, but this year’s show was such a success that it was decided to make it an annual event. The Air Expo will welcome back the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team in their T-6 Texans, Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys, and the Shockwave Jet Truck.  A complete show schedule will be announced at a later date.

Two Day ticket packets, and Family Packs admitting 2 adults and 2 children, will be added along with single day admissions. 









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