March 2012

Residents cope with aftermath of apartment fire

CHAMPAIGN — Just last week, Lindsey and Ben Hammerslag, both 24-year-old University of Illinois students, spent the last of the cash and gift cards they received as wedding gifts in January on items for their Champaign apartment.


Kroner's spring preview: Boys' tennis

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Friday's highlights: Stokowski shines for Sages

In baseball

Monticello 7, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 4. Winning pitcher NICK STOKOWSKI struck out 11 and scattered six hits in 5 2/3 innings. JACOB WILLIAMS didn't allow a hit in earning the save.


Illini hit record five triples in victory

CHAMPAIGN — Willie Argo was a part of Illinois baseball history once again Friday, and this time it had nothing to do with swiping a base.

Three days after setting an Illini record for career stolen bases, the senior center fielder put his speed to use in legging out two triples during a 15-6 home-opening victory against Mississippi Valley State at Illinois Field.


Tennis teams earn easy victories

URBANA — No. 17 Illinois dropped the doubles point but stormed back, sweeping all six singles matches in claiming a 6-1 win against Wisconsin on Friday in men's tennis at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.


Man sentenced to prison for fleeing police

URBANA — An Urbana teen who fled from police in a car and later crashed it was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison.

A jury convicted Herbert Shah, 19, whose last known address was in the 700 block of East Illinois Street, of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer in connection with an Oct. 2, 2010, incident in Urbana.


Man faces weapons charges

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly had a shotgun at his home has been charged with two weapons-related offenses.

Jonathan Parker, 38, who listed an address in the 800 block of West Hill Street, was arraigned Friday on charges alleging he's an armed habitual criminal and that he committed unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.


Coming Saturday: New truck for Foodbank, how fire victims are coping, Virginia Theatre organ

In Saturday's News-Gazette, we're planning stories about new truck for the Foodbank, an update about people whose apartments were destroyed by a fire in Champaign and a feature about a renovated organ at the Virginia Theatre.


Central High student wins state Poetry Out Loud contest

Cool news for a Champaign Central student:


Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Edgar, Coles and Shelby counties until 10 p.m. Friday.