Lyndsay Jones

Lyndsay Jones

Retired Champaign teachers: 'It's like a family reunion'

URBANA — The retired teachers had gathered in Betty Rowell's backyard, pointing, exclaiming and hugging each other as a new one walked in.

But the man of the hour Friday afternoon was Jim Casey.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 11, 2018

In life, LIAM BROKISH, 6, was a friend to all.

And so it will be indefinitely, community members hope, with the addition of a memorial "buddy bench" at Carrie Busey Elementary in Savoy, where he once attended school. The first-grader was one of four Brokish family members killed in a Texas car crash while the family was on spring break.

Salvaging crews stripping Burnham Mansion interior ahead of demolition

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign school district officials are preparing to check one more item off their to-do list prior to the demolition of Burnham Mansion.

This week, workers with Peoria Architectural Salvage have been stripping the interior detailing from the historic home, bringing the building one step closer to its eventual demolition.

'A passion for education': A few words with Urbana High's new principal

These days, you can catch DELORIS BROWN in her office — it's now the one marked "principal" at Urbana High School.

Or, for the occasional special occasion, on the court, where the former three-sport high school athlete still likes to play a pick-up game now and again — especially if it's with students.

Delays may spill into school year, but Central makeover finally 'real'

To Anna LeGrande, the sight of construction work outside her daughter's high school has been a treat — even if it comes with traffic delays throughout August.

"I really wanted Central to stay Central, and I'm happy that they're finally getting going," she said. "It's real."

Seeking 'greater ... trust in conflict': A few words with Gandhi Institute director

Today at the I Hotel and Conference Center, KIT MILLER, director of New York's M.K. Gandhi Institute, will lead a professional development program for teachers.

The topic: how to implement relationship-based systems that focus less on punishing wrong and more on repairing damage — otherwise known as restorative justice or practices.

Six months later, family still working on deal to sell house to Unit 4

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New Kenwood playground seen as fitting tribute for crash victims

CHAMPAIGN — Happiness, lately, has come to Jeffrey Brokish in the form of a new playground.

The lone survivor of a Texas car crash that left his wife and three young children dead in late March, the Champaign man describes himself about "as well as can be expected," and that's all he has to say on the matter.

Kicking up some dust: A few words with Luke Bryan

PESOTUM — Big-time country is coming to a small town and a nearby field Sept. 28.

It's Luke Bryan's way of paying back, like his hit "Here's To The Farmer." In the "#HeresToTheFarmer" campaign, nearly 2 million meals have been donated and $140,000 went to area food banks and local farmers in each of the tour cities.

For some area public schools, class is already back in session

Summer's already over for students at three area public schools, which operate on the balanced calendar. A few things you ought to know: