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Garth Brooks on C-U: 'This place stays forever young'

Champaign-Urbana holds a special place in the superstar's heart. He said his late mother, Colleen Carroll, 'loved this place' because people 'really took care of her here' on his first visit 20 years ago.

Garth Brooks on C-U: 'This place stays forever young'

Weekend Planner: Playground Earth

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Last week's grand opening of the new Friendship Grove Nature Playscape last week drew a huge crowd. If you missed it, head to Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway, U, at 1 p.m. today.


Clergy Corner, April 28, 2017

Clergy Corner, April 28, 2017

Managing Editor Jeff D'Alessio's weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders. This week: the Rev. Michael Pica's two-wheeled "Priests Pedaling for Prayers" trip across Illinois.


#TheMJs, April 28, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.


Just 1 Question: College Express students show what they've learned

On the eve of the 10th College Express Exhibition, staff writer Noelle McGee stopped by DACC to ask students: What are you excited to show your friends, family and current and future students?

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Sat, 04/29/2017 - 1:38pm

Garth teams up with Illini (photo)

A day after working out with Illini basketball players, country megastar Garth Brooks stopped by the football team's indoor practice facility to help conduct a camp for kids on Saturday. Among those impressed: Lovie Smith's offensive line coach Luke Butkus, who posed with Brooks afterward. Butkus is a big Garth fan who told our Mary Schenk he attended Friday's concert and was especially impressed with the star's rendition of 'Unanswered Prayers.'


Garth teams up with Illini

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 9:30am

UPDATE: Milford man killed in car wreck ID'd

51-year-old Kevin T. Perkins was driving south on Illinois 49, about five miles north of Armstrong, just after 4 a.m. when his car left the road to the east.

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 7:00am

Champaign science fair turning potential energy kinetic

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"We want kids to realize that, 'Hey, I could get involved in that, too,'" said Elizabeth Sotiropoulos, who organized both today's event at the Champaign Public Library and last week's local March for Science.

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 7:00am

Mural brightens up what can be a dark place

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Thanks to a generous donation from the family of the late Brandon Markel of Homer, the Children's Advocacy Center of Champaign County has a colorful, calming painting made specifically for the space.

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 7:00am

30 Days, 30 Grads: Danville alum a smart fish in a small pond

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In no time, Luke Robinson proved himself to be a standout student at tiny Augustana College in Rock Island, says his applied-mathematics professor, Tom Bengtson.

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:00am

Top of the Morning, April 29, 2017

Top of the Morning, April 29, 2017

Fifty years ago, the Mahomet Citizen was Fred Kroner's launchpad into journalism. Now, he's coming out of retirement to serve as its new editor.

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:12am

UPDATED: Parkland asks court to rule on Harden


New board member has 30 days to respond.

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 4:24pm

Bambenek named to community college board

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the appointment Friday afternoon, two days after withdrawing Bambenek's appointment to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.


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