(Springfield-jm) -- Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is launching a pilot program to give high school students in rural areas more access to advanced placement courses. A-P classes are important since a good grade on the A-P exam can earn students college credit and save money on tuition. Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti says the problem is, kids in some areas can’t take the courses. The one semester pilot program is giving 75 students from 10 rural high schools across the state the chance to take an A-P class online.
(Clinton-jm)--- The DeWitt County Sheriff’s office is announcing the recent purchase of new equipment to help reduce fatalities on rural roads. The department says with the help of Exelon Nuclear the department purchased new laser radars to improve highway safety in the county. Sheriff Jered Shofner say 51% of fatal accidents occur on rural roads.
(Clinton-jm) -- Three area veterans groups will hold a chili cookoff this weekend. All three veterans organizations in Clinton will be cooking 2 batches of chili each to be judged by those coming to the event on Saturday from 11 to 2 at the Clinton American Legion. Cost is $5 for a bowl of chili. No admission cost.
(Mansfield-jm) -- The Northern Piatt Fire Department in Mansfield will be offering free smoke detector installations for anyone in their district. Those interested can call 217-489-2341 or email station at n-p-f-p-d dot com and request a home visit. The department says you should at least have one for each bedroom and one on every level.
(Springfield-jm) -- The state’s “Serve Illinois” program is highlighting volunteer opportunities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. About 25 percent of Illinoisans volunteer their time to various causes, but Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland would like to see that number go even higher. He urges the public to get out and volunteer on Monday and all year long. You can easily search for local volunteer opportunities throughout the year online at: serve dot illinois dot gov.
(Mahomet-jm) -- A section of downtown Mahomet will be turned into a sheet of ice for this weekend. Crews will be making a 40 by 48 outdoor skating rink on Main Street for the annual Skate on Main. The event is today from 4 to 9 and tomorrow from noon to 9. Cost is $5 for 30 minutes and is put on by the Mahomet Parks and Recreation Department.
(Monticello-jm) -- Monticello city leaders have agreed to spend over $600,000 for public works expansion. The expansion, which will cost $620,000, will include additions to two buildings, consolidate operations and store equipment inside. The city hopes by doing the work they can reduce the number of facilities down from the current number of 5.