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Public bus systemclosed Dec. 26, Jan. 2

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System will not operate buses on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2.

The transit system offices also will be closed that day.

For information on services, call (309) 828-9833.

Two Heartland deansnow vice presidents

NORMAL Heartland Community College has changed two major position titles, meaning its deans of development and continuing education now are vice presidents.

Helen McKay Katz, now vice president of institutional advancement, formerly was dean of development and executive director of the Heartland Foundation.

Mary Beth Trakinat, vice president of continuing education, previously was dean of continuing education.

The position descriptions remain the same, and neither vice president received a pay raise with the title changes, said Heartland spokeswoman Janet Hill-Getz. The changes became effective Dec. 13.

President Jon Astroth's cabinet includes two other vice presidents: Rob Widmer, who handles Heartland's business and finance; and Allan Saaf, who oversees instruction issues.


Weekend fires leave2 families homeless

STREATOR — Weekend fires struck two homes over the weekend in the Streator area, killing two dogs and a cat but causing no injuries to humans.

The houses reportedly are owned by relatives of the same family, but fire officials could not confirm that information Monday morning.

Incense is believed to have started the first fire, which occurred Saturday night at 1512 E. Kent St. The fire began in a new addition to the home and spread to the older structure, taking three hours to extinguish. The one-story frame house was owned and occupied by the Jack Cooley family, who lost their three pets.

Reading Chief Lee Berry said the loss was about $85,000.

A fire Sunday night at 107 Washington St. extensively damaged the home of Dennis Corbin. The first floor of the large three-story home had extensive fire damage, with the remaining floors sustaining heat and smoke damage.

"Everyone escaped but their Christmas tree and everything was lost," said Joe Scarbeary with the department.

The fire started near the fireplace in the living room, but the cause is unknown.

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