On a November evening 20 years ago, Nov. 17, 2000, in the school gymnasium in Plankinton, where several students and other school personnel were taking part in open gym and wrestling practice, a handful of students emerged from a locker room, reporting an odd smell. Exercising an abundance of concern, staff moved students from the facilities to other locations for their activities or sent them home, allowing school officials to inspect the matter more closely.

The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) opens enrollment for its annual Winter Fire School on Monday, Nov. 2.  The annual school for fire service professionals will be held at IFSI's Champaign campus from Jan. 23-24, 2016.