Jessica Bursztynsky

Jessica Bursztynsky

Beginning Teacher Conference set July 17-19 at I Hotel

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois College of Education and Illinois New Teacher Collaborative are hosting the eighth annual Beginning Teacher Conference from July 17-19 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

Mental-health first-aid course set July 17 in Rankin

RANKIN — A mental-health first-aid course to help teenagers is being offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 17 at the Rankin United Methodist Church, 328 N. Main St.

IDOT recognizes C-U Elks Club for 20 years with Adopt-A-Highway

URBANA — Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn has recognized the Champaign-Urbana Elks Club for its 20 years of participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program.

The club's service section is U.S. 45 between Airport and Philo roads in Urbana.

UI study: Value of sex appeal in advertising not so clear cut

Sex sells, right? According to UI advertising Professor John Wirtz, it's a bit more complicated than that.

By conducting a meta-analysis of 78 studies, Wirtz and his co-authors, Johnny Sparks and Thais Zimbres, found that when it comes to sexual appeal in advertising, there's really no way to tell if it will increase product sales.

Five friends seek new heights for Lifeline-connect

When five friends from the area got together to plan a climb to the peak of Mount Whitney, they figured it would just be remembered as an epic adventure.

THE LATEST: The search for Yingying Zhang


FBI, UIPD teaming up

University of Illinois police spent Wednesday watching what spokesman Patrick Wade described as "hours and hours" of surveillance video footage with the help of the FBI, searching for clues into the disappearance of the visiting Chinese scholar and the black Saturn Astra that 26-year-old Yingying Zhang was last seen getting into on June 9.

DAY 12: The search for Yingying Zhang


The disappearance of the UI's visiting scholar has become a big story in her native China, with Yingying Zhang's boyfriend reportedly telling one newspaper in that country: "I wish the search process in the U.S. could be faster. Everything is moving too slow."

Newest chapter for 'Baby Crystal Hope' a bit of a homecoming

URBANA — A few months back, Skyler James didn't have any idea she'd wind back up in Urbana, where her birth made front-page news 21 years ago.

You may remember Skyler — or baby "Crystal Hope," as she was better known back then. On Nov. 4, 1995, she was rescued by firefighter Charlie Heflin after an anonymous caller, presumably her birth mother, said she'd left an infant in a cemetery.

Sadorus man gets 20 years for molesting preteen girl

URBANA — A Sadorus man found to have sexually molested a child under 13 was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

Joseph C. Herschberger, 37, was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in May by Judge Roger Webber in a bench trial in which attorneys on both sides agreed to the facts that Webber could consider.

Area FFA'ers not in Kansas anymore

Shelly Anderson was on a short trip to Missouri in April and had the television playing as background noise when she heard the news of a Kansas wildfire.