Air show coming to Danville
An air show is coming to the Vermilion Regional Airport at the end of next month. The Air Expo will be Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.
Airport manager Mike Potter says there will be something going on all day during the event. The event will feature an air show from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. both days. Performers include: the Aeroshell Aerobatics Team in their T-6 Texans, Shockwave Jet Truck, U.S. Golden Knights Skydiving Team, and Red Knight and Rifle Airshows.
There will be a number of static displays and visits with the crews of a B-25 Mitchell Bomber and a Berlin Airlift C-54 Flying Museum. There will be helicopter rides and biplane rides; a kid's play area, featuring aeronautical-themed inflatables; and remote control airplane simulators for kids of all ages to try inside the Cloud 9 banquet facility. There will be entertainment Saturday night.
The event will be from 10:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday and until 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets in advance will be $12 for adults, $8 for kids 4-11 and kids under 3 are free. On-site parking will be included in the price of admission. There also will be shuttles running from designated areas.
WITY will have broadcasts from the event both days.
School official faces charges
A recently-suspended Danville schools director is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the district. Gregory Lazzell was formally charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court on one count of theft of government property between $10,000 and $100,000, and one count of official misconduct. The 51-year-old Danville man also faces five counts of intimidation.
Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said the alleged theft was discovered in the last few months through "a combined effort between the school district and a Danville police investigation." Lacy declined to give details about the offense. She added the investigation is still ongoing.
Lazzell is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 5. He is free after posting bond. The Danville school board voted unanimously to put Lazzell on unpaid leave, pending a dismissal hearing. That hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday.
Local medical Centers to get new names
Medical Centers in Danville and Urbana are going to get new names. The names of both Presence Covenant and Presence United Samaritans medical centers will be changing as a result of their pending sale to OSF HealthCare.
Presence Covenant Medical Center's new name will be OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center, and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center will become OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center. The names will formally be changed after the finalization of the sale of both hospitals, which is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. A planned sale of the two hospitals to OSF HealthCare was announced a month ago, with the transaction yet to be approved by state regulators. This week the two Catholic health systems signed a definitive agreement.
Both local medical centers have had a variety of names over the years due to mergers of hospitals and health care systems.
Local industries to have open house
Major companies in Vermilion County Illinois are opening their doors for a special one day, behind-the-scenes look. The Vermilion County Tour of Industries will include eight companies this year. The Tour of Industries will be on Saturday October 21. Tour participants may register to win prizes, learn about the companies and receive information about immediate job openings. The eight companies participating are:
Danville Metal Stamping
Hall of Fame Plaques and Signs by Trigard
And two thyssenkrupp facilities
First tours begin at 9 AM, last tours begin at 2:30.
Tour guests will be required to wear long pants and closed toe shoes. No cameras or cell phones will be allowed in the buildings. Several companies also include minimum age restrictions for children.
The victim in an accident on Bowman Avenue has been identified as 57-year-old John W. McCoy, Jr., of Danville. Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden said her office and Illinois State Police continue to investigate.
According to a police report, McCoy was driving a semitrailer truck south on Bowman Avenue about three-quarters of a mile south of Bismarck Road Monday morning. His vehicle left the highway for an unknown reason. The truck passed through a ditch embankment and entered the parking lot of a grain elevator. Then the vehicle struck two grain augers and drove over two large rock piles before rolling over on its left side.
Authorities said McCoy was not wearing a seat belt. He was ejected from the truck tractor and died.
United Way campaign begins
The United Way in Danville is kicking off its annual campaign. The United Way goal this year is 600 thousand dollars, the same goal as last year. Sherri Askren, United Way president, says the organization this year is developing a new focus on community mental health. The organization funds some 17 agencies in Vermilion County and in West Central Indiana.
LOVE Inc to host fundraiser
A Praise Fest and Dessert Auction will be held on Thursday, October 19, at Bremer Conference Center at Danville Area Community College. The event is being hosted by Love INC (In the Name of Christ) of Vermilion County, and funds raised will be used to support this local ministry. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. In between music sets, favorite desserts of local community members will be auctioned off, as well as an on-going silent auction of delectable desserts. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
Through local churches, agencies and volunteers, Love INC coordinates service to people in need like the disabled, the poor, the elderly, single parents, anyone who is hurting.
Candidate packets available
Petition packets for candidates who wish to run in the General Primary Election in March are available in the office of Cathy Jenkins, Vermilion County Clerk. Packets may be picked up between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Petition packets must be filed with the Vermilion County Clerk beginning Monday, November 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. thru Monday, December 4, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. The order in which candidates file will determine their placement on the ballot. In the event two candidates file for the same office and are of the same party, a lottery will be held at a later date and time to determine ballot placement.
Local offices to be nominated at the March 20, 2018 General Primary Election include County Treasurer, County Clerk, County Sheriff, Supervisor of Assessments, Regional Superintendent of Schools, Board of Review Members, and County Board Members. Precinct Committeepersons will be elected at the General Primary Election.
Federal, state and judicial offices will also be on the ballot The candidate who receives the highest vote total in each political party for each office in the primary will be on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot.
U of I basketball coach wants to restore pride
New University of Illinois Basketball coach Brad Underwood says he wants to restore a positive attitude about the basketball program. Underwood was in town recently to address a dinner for the Danville Area United Way. Not long ago, Illinois fans felt that their basketball program was one of the nation’s best. You don’t hear that so much anymore, and underwood says he wants to restore this attitude.
Underwood previously coached at Western Illinois University and Oklahoma State University. He said the Illinois basketball program has a huge footprint in the state.
The University of Illinois has made some major improvements to facilities recently, and more are on tap. With the state of Illinois recent funding problems, and the financial hits suffered by the University of Illinois, some people wonder how that can continue. Underwood says it is important for people to understand that the athletic department is self-funded and not part of the rest of the university’s budget. He says the facility improvements that have been made are needed if the school wants to compete in sports.