Debra Pressey

Debra Pressey

Champaign library earns 'Star Library' status for 11th straight year

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Public Library has been recognized as a "Star Library" for the 11th year in a row.

UI studies find gratitude journals are the gift that keeps kids giving

URBANA — Parents who want to raise more generous and less materialistic kids may want to consider giving them journals.

A pair of studies co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in consumption values suggest children and teens who have a grateful disposition are less materialistic, and keeping a "gratitude journal" reduced materialism and its negative effects on generosity.

Lone Star Lodge sets annual scholarship ball Saturday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The Lone Star Lodge No. 18 will hold its annual Black & White Scholarship Ball in Champaign tonight.

The money raised will fund scholarships to be awarded to African-American males, said the Rev. Darrin Smith, the lodge's senior warden.

"The more we're able to raise, the more we're able to give," he said.

Tolono man gets 45 years: 'You're a danger to the public, and you should be treated as such'

URBANA — A Tolono man who admitted he sexually exploited young girls in his home has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Joshua E. Lange, 40, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Court Judge James Shadid on three separate counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, to which he pleaded guilty this past April.

Three cases of rare neurological condition confirmed in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has three confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis, the rare but serious neurological condition that strikes mostly children, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Habitat for Humanity director leaving to take job with city of Urbana

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County is looking for a new leader.

Sheila Dodd, the organization's executive director since 2011, will be leaving next week to take a new job as grants manager in the city of Urbana's Community Development department.

Dodd said her last day with Habitat will be Nov. 16.

2018 Tree of Hope spokesfamily credits DSC with helping son to speak

CHAMPAIGN — Hearing 8-year-old Hunter Dilley talking now, you'd never know he struggled with an uncommon speech disorder as a toddler, his mother says.

The St. Joseph mom credits Developmental Services Center and one of its speech therapists for the progress Hunter has made.

The Health Reporter Is In, Nov. 8, 2018

Q: What kind of smoking-cessation help is advised for pregnant women?

A: The latest recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises clinicians to ask all pregnant women about tobacco use, advise them about quitting and provide them with behavioral interventions (such as support, education and counseling) to help them quit.

ACE Lifetime Award winner sees her own struggles in music students

CHAMPAIGN — Her violin tucked under her chin, Dorothy "Doro" Martirano lifts her bow and begins to play the Bach solo Sonata No. 1 in G Minor. Moments later, she switches to the wistful tune "Autumn Leaves."

Among so many genres of music she has played over nearly six decades — classical, jazz, contemporary, folk, you name it — she doesn't claim a favorite.

Political newcomer Kloeppel ready to get to work as first county executive

URBANA — Champaign County's first-ever elected county executive is Democrat Darlene Kloeppel.

A first-time candidate for political office, Kloeppel defeated well-known Republican Gordy Hulten, who has been county clerk since 2011.

Kloeppel never lost her lead as election returns were reported, winning with nearly 53 percent of the vote.