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Children's aid groups form national society

BLOOMINGTON - Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois, which includes The Children's Foundation in Bloomington, has joined with 19 other child welfare agencies throughout the country to form the Children's Home Society of America.

The organization brings together leaders in adoption, family support and child development to build awareness of the needs of children and families in crisis and to generate money and support for proven solutions.

Chairwoman is Nancy Ronquillo, chief executive officer of the Illinois society and former president of The Children's Foundation. The foundation, 403 S. State St., Bloomington, is a program of the Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois.

Taste of Twin Cities to help fund ODC

BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington-based Occupational Development Center will host "The Taste of the Twin Cities" from 7 to 10 p.m. March 4 at The Chateau.

Gregg Carey, contestant from "Survivor Palau," will emcee. Carey works in Chicago and is a friend of an ODC board member.

Tickets are $50 per person or $70 per couple. The event includes food and beverages, live music and silent and live auctions.

Call (309) 820-0723, Ext. 307, or e-mail

Scholar fund-raiser set Feb. 27 in LeRoy

LeROY - The Scholarship Auction in LeRoy will be Feb. 27.

Donations, due by Feb. 21, may be dropped off at LeRoy City Hall or at Silver Moon Restaurant.

Tickets, at $12 each, are available at City Hall, Silver Moon, Busey Bank, Flanagan Bank, Triple Play Video, or the school district's unit office.

Bowling tournament to benefit Red Cross

BLOOMINGTON - Circle Lanes, 1225 Holiday Drive, and Monical's Pizza in Normal are hosting the second annual American Red Cross of the Heartland bowling tournament on Feb. 23.

Teams of five pay a $60 entry fee, which includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, and refreshments.

Teams must sign up by Feb. 20. Call (309) 662-0500, Ext. 58.

Black Heritage Ball planned for Feb. 25

NORMAL - Illinois State University's Black Student Union will host the 25th annual Black Heritage Ball at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25, in the Brown Ballroom at Bone Student Center.

Dinner begins at 6. Tickets are $5 and are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on the second floor of Bone Student Center, or on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Black Student Union, 130E Student Services Building.

The featured speaker is author Velma Maia Thomas. Entertainment includes two plays.

Call (309) 438-5686.

Superheroes plan event for students

PONTIAC - Superheroes will take the court Friday during halftime at the Pontiac Township High School basketball game.

As a promise to students, teachers Eric Sweetwood, Elston Flowers and Danny Fiorini will dress as superheroes and compete in an obstacle course and race.n;They promised the event after students raised $3,000 for the United Way of Pontiac.

The game starts at 7:45 p.m. at the high school.


University, town hit in vandal spree

NORMAL - Broken windows were reported to Illinois State University and Normal police, according to reports filed after the weekend.

Included at ISU were: four windows at McCormick Hall and one at Hovey Hall, where the damage occurred Sunday. A window was broken at the Old Union Building Thursday or Friday. Damage was estimated at $100 to $500 per window.

A window also was broken at the Childrens Discovery Museum, 101 E. Beaufort St., on Thursday or Friday.

Vehicle windows also were broken in the 2000 block of Haverhill Country Club Park and in the 300 block of Whispering Pines on Saturday or Sunday.

A window was broken at Delta Sigma Phi, 711 Kingsley Court, Sunday. The outside of the building also was spray painted.

Two houses on East Kingsley Street were vandalized similarly early Sunday morning. Both houses, located respectively in the 700 and 800 blocks of East Kingsley, were spray-painted by an unknown suspect.

The apartment building on the 700 block was spray-painted in the hallways of all three floors, as was the exterior of the house on the 800 block, a fraternity house. The fraternity house also had a bedroom window broken.

Theft - A brown Chevrolet Celebrity was stolen from the 700 block of Orlando Avenue Sunday, a Normal police report said.

Theft - A 1994 model Dodge car was stolen Monday from the 800 block of West Washington Street, a Bloomington police report said.

Battery - A 20-year-old man told Normal police he was attacked by numerous people at a party early Sunday in the 400 block of West Vernon Avenue. He was talking to an unknown female when a man punched him in the face for no apparent reason. Others also kicked and punched him. The victim was able to get away and call police. He was treated and released from BroMenn Regional Medical Center.

Theft - A $1,625 electronic projector was missing between Oct. 27 and Jan. 1 from Milner Library and believed stolen, an ISU police report said.

Burglary - Cash was stolen in a burglary Saturday or Sunday at the Coffeehouse & Deli, 114 E. Beaufort St., a Normal police report said.

The Pantagraph values accuracy. If you see something that is inaccurate, report it to the editor of the section. All corrections will run in this space, except Sundays. If you are not sure whom to call, contact Editor Terry Greenberg at (309) 820-3230 or or Managing Editor Mark Pickering at (309) 820-3252 or


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