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Drive for canned food planned this weekend

BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington-Normal Junior Chamber of Commerce will collect food Sunday for its Canathon, which benefits McLean County food pantries.

The pantries provide 3,600 meals each week. Last year, Canathon collected 26,000 pounds of food.

A collection bag will be included in Friday's Pantagraph. Fill it with nonperishable food items and set the bag on your front porch by noon Sunday; volunteers will pickup the bags between 1 and 4 p.m.

Food also may be donated at Kroger stores from Sunday through March 18.

Nominations taken for YWCA awards

BLOOMINGTON - Nominations are now being accepted for the 16th Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, which recognize local women for their contributions in arts and entertainment, business, education, professions, social service, and volunteer service.

The awards will be presented May 11 at a banquet at Illinois State University's Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom, Normal.

The keynote speaker is Pat Summitt, University of Tennessee (Lady Vols) basketball coach. She is the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, men or women.

Nomination forms are available at, and at the YWCA McLean County, 1201 N. Hershey Road. Deadline is April 3. Call (309) 662-0461.

Spanish ambassador set for local address

BLOOMINGTON - Ambassador Francisco Viqueira, consul general of Spain in Chicago, will speak at Illinois Wesleyan University at 4 p.m. March 9 in Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library.

A reception will follow. The talk, to be given in English, is free and open to the public.

His talk will focus on the topics of Spain and the United Nations, Spain and the European Union and the roles of being both ambassador and consul in Africa and America.


Video games, CDs reported as stolen

BLOOMINGTON - Someone stole six video games and 32 CDs from an apartment on Bloomington's east side, a resident reported Tuesday, Bloomington police said.

The items were taken from an apartment in the 400 block of Douglas Street.

Vandals damage water fountain at ISU

NORMAL " A drinking fountain was pulled from connecting water pipes, damaging areas of three floors at an Illinois State University dormitory.

The damage, between 2:45 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday, was on the eighth floor of Wilkins Hall in the 100 block of North University Street, an Illinois State University police report said.

Police were given eyewitness accounts of a loud noises and seeing four males, including one throwing broken university-owned furniture into an elevator before leaving. A witness said another person near her slightly touched the fountain, causing the water to shoot out.

A hall resident got a towel to try to stem the flow, and tried to find a residence hall assistant. When she returned, eight males who lived in the hall were working with towels to contain the flow until a maintenance crew arrived.

The water damage included the immediate area around the fountain and two lower floors, plus a fluorescent light fixture, police said. Damage to the fountain was $1,000: damage to carpeting and floors, $1,000: and $100 to the fixture.

Blood was smeared on a wall, leading police to believe someone was injured during the vandalism.

Police were checking out a report of a man with an injured hand, which the residence hall's night operations staff had seen.


Woman, 21, accused of Normal trespass

BLOOMINGTON - A Harvey woman is accused of breaking the door to an apartment and trespassing Thursday in Normal.

Attilia D. Brock, 21, was in jail Friday in lieu of $200 on charges of criminal trespass to a residence and criminal damage to property. Police said she also broke a lamp with a baseball bat during the incident about 9:40 p.m. in the 700 block of Orlando Avenue, Normal.

Cocaine - A Bloomington man is accused of selling cocaine near a grade school.

Andrew D. Coe, 25, of the 800 block of North Roosevelt Avenue, was in jail Friday in lieu of $10,000 on charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. He is accused of selling the drug near Bent Elementary School, 904 N. Roosevelt Ave.

Battery - A 25-year-old man from Normal is accused of grabbing a woman by the throat and forcing her to the ground Friday in Normal.

Keith G. Goembel, of the 100 block of North Golf Crest Road, was in jail Friday in lieu of $300 on a charge of domestic battery.

Cocaine - A 22-year-old man is accused of possessing cocaine Thursday in Bloomington.

Ryan W. Hintzman was in jail Friday in lieu of $2,000 on a charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. A court file lists his address both in Downs and in the 600 block of West Market Street in Bloomington.


Progressive dinners " Roger Augspurger of Normal works part-time at Bank of Illinois. His employer's name was wrong in Monday's Pantagraph.


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