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Regional board seats members

NORMAL — The regional school board for DeWitt, Livingston and McLean counties has re-elected Norma Brown of Bloomington as president for a two-year term.

Dennis Roeschley of Graymont and Patricia Munsell of Farmer City were re-seated for six-year terms.

The trustees also approved updated policies to reflect recent statutory changes in the Illinois School Code.

Woodland hires bus company

SOUTH STREATOR — The Woodland School Board has decided to go with a new bus provider because of a cheaper contract.

Illinois Central Bus Company of Montgomery bid $868,559 for the three-year contract. It outbid the current provider, Turner Bus Co. of Dwight, by $136,404.

The last day of school will be May 31 because of four snow days used. The start of school will be Aug. 28.

Prairielands tries for grant

BLOOMINGTON — Prairielands Preservation Foundation is trying its hand at online fundraising through a program run by Pepsi Refresh.

Votes are accepted at www.refreshevery If Prairielands wins, it would use the money to restore a prairie near Comlara Park for wildlife habitat/playground.

The nonprofit foundation is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of natural resources. It hopes to get $50,000 from the contest.

Vernon closed for road work

NORMAL — Westbound Vernon Avenue, between Baugh Drive and Towanda Avenue, will be closed to through traffic from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The closure is needed for part of the bridge improvement project at Sugar Creek.

This section of Vernon is closed to eastbound traffic until late July for the same project. Westbound traffic will be detoured north on Towanda, to west on College Avenue, to west on Mulberry Street, and then south on Linden Street to Vernon Avenue.

Westbound Vernon will be open to local traffic from Towanda to Angela Drive.

Setting it right


Your Town — Hannah Bobell of Heyworth was accepted to both the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, and chose to attend the naval academy. A story in Tuesday’s Your Town section was incorrect.


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