NEWS IN BRIEF
Offices closed Good Friday
BLOOMINGTON — The city of Bloomington’s public works offices will be closed today for Good Friday, but household trash and recycling will be picked up as usual. The drop-off facility will be closed for the holiday.
Clare House closed Saturday
BLOOMINGTON — Clare House will be closed on Saturday in observance of the Easter holiday. Normal hours will resume next week. Food will be distributed from 1-1:15 p.m. Friday.
Women’s club seeks nominees
FAIRBURY — The GFWC Illinois Fairbury Woman’s Club is seeking nominations for the 2012 Citizen of the Year. This person should be a Fairbury resident, a volunteer in the community and a registered voter.
Please send a written nomination to Carol Ely, 409 W. Chestnut, Fairbury, by May 1. For more information call 815-692-2910.
Payne Place shut for sewer repairs
NORMAL — The north side of Payne Place between Florence Avenue and Franklin Avenue in Normal has been closed for emergency storm sewer repairs.
It will remain closed until repairs are completed, but local access will be maintained.
Treasurer sets Cash Dash events
SPRINGFIELD —State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is encouraging Ford, Iroquois and Livingston County residents to attend Cash Dash events next week to determine if they are entitled to any money or unclaimed property the state is holding.
The events will be: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Iroquois County Building, Watseka; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dwight Village Hall.
To find out if you have unclaimed property through Cash Dash, visit the treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.il.gov and follow the Cash Dash link, call 217-785-6998 or email email@example.com.
Peoria journalist to run Vidette
NORMAL — John Plevka has been named general manager of The Daily Vidette, the Illinois State University student newspaper.
Plevka, who is managing editor of the Peoria Journal Star, will succeed Rick Jones, who will retire June 1.
Plevka has been with the Journal Star since 1998. He was the assistant managing editor for news and graphics at the paper for nine years before being named managing editor in 2007.
Plevka also worked as the managing editor at the Herald-News in Joliet, the Journal-Standard in Freeport and The Courier in Lincoln. He has also worked as a reporter and copy editor at the State Journal-Register in Springfield and the Times-Courier in Charleston.
Magazine honors rec center at ISU
NORMAL — Illinois State University’s Student Fitness Center & McCormick Hall project will be honored with an Innovative Architecture & Design Award in the May issue of Rec Management Magazine.
The award recognizes facilities that have a high recreational value and are serving members’ needs. Consideration also is given to the aesthetic presentation of the facility as well as its ability to provide “visual excitement and comfort.”
This year, the facility was named one of the nine recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Sports Facilities by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.
Civil War marker set for restoration
EUREKA — The Eureka Rotary Club is raising money to restore the Civil War monument in Olio Township Cemetery.
Erected in 1868, the cenotaph honors 29 men of Company A of the 86th Illinois Infantry who were killed in action. As it has aged, it has become discolored and difficult to read.
The Rotary Club has commissioned Roth Stoneworks of Congerville to do the work, which will include cleaning and sanding the surface and re-engraving the text.
Rotary Club members have donated more than $2,100 of the $6,700 cost.
Donors may send checks to the Eureka Rotary Club, P.O. Box 321, Eureka, IL 61530. Contact Brandon Bressner at 866-672-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geocashing event set for Logan Co.
LINCOLN — Geocaching wannabes as well as Scouts working toward geocaching badges should mark their calendars for the May 11-13 for Cache a Glimpse of Logan County.
The weekend will begin with a welcome at the Palms Grill in Atlanta from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. Events will continue through the weekend.
Special classes will be offered for people new to geocaching and for Scouts who are working toward a geocaching badge. The classes are free, but registration is required.
The grand prize will be a new GPS unit, and the winning ticket will be drawn that evening. The winner must be present.
To register to get more information, call the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County at 217-732-8687 or email email@example.com.
Event to honor young children
BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Association for the Education of Young Children will celebrate the Week of the Young Child from 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 at McLean County Health Department, 200 W. Front St., Bloomington.
The event includes educator and children’s storyteller Mike Lockett, face painting by the Zoo Lady and early childhood activities.
Tickets are $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under.
Tickets may be purchased at Scribbles Center for Learning, 1415 Woodbine Road; Kids’ Club East Childcare Center, 2708 E. Lincoln St.; Bloomington YWCA child care center, 1201 N. Hershey Road, all in Bloomington; and Katie’s Kids Learning Center, 2003 Jacobssen Drive, Normal.
IDOT suspends road work over holiday
SPRINGFIELD — With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over Easter weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation will suspend construction projects where possible, from 3 p.m. today to midnight Sunday night, to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.
Are projects include: bridge repairs on Illinois 116 between Illinois 115 and Interstate 57 in Ford County; bridge replacement on U.S. 136 about 1.3 miles west of U.S. 51 near Heyworth; and bridge replacement on U.S. 150 one mile east of Farmer City.
SETTING IT RIGHT
Pornography — In the case of a Lincoln woman and her boyfriend who are accused of producing child pornography, authorities said pornographic images were found on a deceased man’s cellphone, but they did not specify who allegedly had given the couple money for such images. A story in Tuesday’s Pantagraph was incorrect.