Anthony Zilis

Anthony Zilis

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The Champaign Central football team trickled into Tommy Stewart Fieldhouse at McKinley Field three Saturdays ago, hours before the sun rose to the smell of breakfast burritos.

Though Miss Illinois didn't make the cut, 'she did a wonderful job'

Centennial graduate Grace Khachaturian didn't make the cut at Sunday's Miss America contest in Atlantic City, N.J.

After preliminaries, which lasted throughout the last week, the 51 contestants were cut to 15 at the outset of the 8 p.m. show, and Miss Illinois' name wasn't called.

Dr. Howard offers one last learning opportunity for Champaign firefighters

CHAMPAIGN — Firefighters bashed open a glass window on the second floor of Dr. Howard Elementary School on Wednesday, and a substance that looked like smoke billowed out.

Their comrades charged into the basement with a hose, toward the smoky film that filled a back room.

Monday marked last call for The Clybourne, Firehaus

For Theodore Al-Hazza, The Clybourne was a new place to explore when he set foot inside the campus bar.

Of course, he was too small to go to the bar during its crowded weekend nights, when the dance floor was packed and the music was thumping — so small he might find himself under the shoe of one of those dancers.

Seaman on return: 'It's got a special meaning'

MAHOMET — Busch Stadium was great to Jason Seaman when he was honored ahead of a Cardinals game this summer.

Wrigley Field will be similar in two weeks.

And at Lucas Oil Stadium, professional soccer team Indy Eleven showed him a nice time.

But none of those places was home.

Miss Illinois pressing on with Miss America preparations

The Miss America contest is changing, and that's for the better, Miss Illinois Grace Khachaturian told two women at a Champaign Panera Bread on a mid-August Friday after a meeting with state Sen. Chapin Rose.

The swimsuit contest is gone. Contestants are now called "candidates." And it's now a "competition" rather than a pageant.

Tigers start strong, but can't sustain effort in season-opening loss

URBANA — The first play of the season on Friday went perfectly for the Urbana football team.

A squib kick bounced off of a Rich East player, and Urbana recovered. A few plays later, the Tigers were inside the 10-yard line.

Then, like one of burly Rich East running back Armani Brown's lumbering jaunts between the tackles, everything went downhill for Urbana in a 36-6 loss.

Historic huddle at barbershop offers 'a positive outlook on things'

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CHAMPAIGN — Reggie Jones likes to think of Rose and Taylor barbershop as a bit more than a simple place where people go to have their hair cut.

"Our barbers do a wonderful job not only cutting (local kids') hair, but teaching them life skills," Jones said.

Once part of sports' dark era, Patrick Arnold is on new quest

SEYMOUR — If it were up to Patrick Arnold, he wouldn't have risen to fame for his role in Marion Jones' three Olympic gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Games or Barry Bonds' transformation from a wiry, all-around player into a hulking home run hitter who broke major league records.

Champaign council member seeks assurance: No 'Friday Night Lights' at McKinley

CHAMPAIGN — A crucial intergovernmental agreement between the Champaign City Council and Unit 4 may have a sticking point.