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Safe Boating Week: Common Boating Violations

May 19-24 is National Safe Boating Week! During this week, individuals are called to promote boating and lifejacket safety to boaters everywhere. In Illinois, summer is approaching, meaning that lakes throughout our state will be crowded with boats and people. Even though boating is a great activity to partake in with family and friends, it […]


National Bike Month: Rules Cyclists Must Follow

May is National Bike Month! This month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and is celebrated all over the country. The initiative of the month is to appreciate bicyclists and encourage others to ride bikes. Biking is a great way to get exercise, reduce commuting costs, and preserve the environment. With that said, […]


School bus involved in head-on collision near Arcola

A bus carrying 25 first-grade students from Arcola Elementary School was coming back from a field trip on Illinois 133, just west of Arcola, when the bus was struck head-on by a Dodge Charger that had crossed lanes. The collision occurred around 2:45 p.m. on Thursday. Sherry Bare (61) was driving the school bus. Despite […]


Upcoming Road Construction in Champaign

As summer approaches, we can expect to see more road-construction projects. Recently, The News-Gazette spoke to Ken Crawford, who is the project implementation engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation District 5, about the bigger construction projects in the area. Crawford mentioned 5 different projects throughout Champaign County, which included: Prospect Avenue Bridge: On June 1, […]


Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run, savoy man arrested

On Monday, April 22, police were called around 8:15 p.m. after a bicyclist was hit by a vehicle in the 1600 block of High Cross Road. According to witnesses, three bicyclists were riding in a single-file line traveling south on High Cross Road when a vehicle struck the bicyclist that was last in line from […]


11th Annual Illinois Marathon

The Illinois Marathon was held for the first time in April of 2009 in Champaign, making this year the 11th annual race to be held in the city. For the past 10 years, the race has brought in tens of thousands of runners each year to compete in a variety of races offered. Not only […]


Sheehan Family Prepares for Annual Smoke Alarm Blitz

The third annual Smoke Alarm Blitz, in honor of Christian Sheehan, will take place on Saturday, April 13th. Firefighters and staff from the Champaign Fire Department and Neighborhood Service Department, along with Red Cross and Smoke Alarm Blitz volunteers will be going door-to-door in north Champaign to install working smoke detectors in as many as […]


National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month! We all know how dangerous it is to drive while distracted. So dangerous that in 2016, 3,450 were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We can all control our own actions when behind the wheel, however, what do […]


Two Drivers Killed in Dewitt County Crash

A car accident that occurred around 12:35 a.m. on Monday morning that unfortunately took the lives of both drivers involved.  The DeWitt County coroner, Randy J. Rice, identified the drivers as Marion Kathleen Geary, 54, of Williamsville, and Jeremy Bozarth, 19, of Riverton. The accident took place at Illinois 54 and Spirit Road near Kenney, […]


Tractor-Car Collision Leaves Two Hospitalized

According to Illinois State Police, a crash occurred between a tractor and another vehicle on Friday morning around 11:40. The accident occurred on Illinois Route 130 between Windsor and Curtis roads, just outside of Urbana. The driver of the tractor, Richard Swearingen, 80, of Urbana, was driving north on the shoulder when he began to […]