Central McLean News-Journal - News

The issues and costs associated with the Underwood School activity bus continues to be a discussion item at the Underwood School Board meeting.

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After numerous pairs of eyes examined preliminary floor plans for a new county courthouse, a giant hurdle has been cleared.

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During the end of January, Underwood School superintendent Dale Ekstrom announced his plans for retirement at the end of the school year.

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"It makes you think a lot more about trying to do it."

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February 24, 2011

Teaching music smarter

Zach Cottingham, a sixth-grade student at Underwood School, made a big decision when he switched from playing saxophone to playing the drums this year.

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A recent release from the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that last year’s eighth-grade students were the top in the nation in science.

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Preliminary plans for a new McLean County Courthouse were presented to Washburn City Commissioners on Monday night by McLean County States Attorney Ladd Erickson.

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While plans for the new county courthouse have not been finalized, they appear to meet the needs of several county entities.

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About 60 percent of vehicles now on the road are able to use E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) in their gas tanks thanks to a new United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruling.

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Jeremy Haugen, parts manager at the Washburn RDO Equipment, started up a John Deere tractor in the building’s service bay and a dozen excited first graders watched as he engaged the power take-off (PTO).

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