Therese Pokorney

Therese Pokorney

Fisher Fair 2018: Donkeys, Feudin' Hillbillys and more fun

The 77th edition of the Fisher Fair kicks off today with a pair of worthy causes.

Tonight is "Giveback Night," with patrons' choice of admission fees — cash ($2 per head) or food (five boxed items, or 10 per family) — benefit the Fisher Food Pantry.

Also happening today: a 4 p.m. blood drive.

Courage Connection teams up with animal clinic to help those with pets

CHAMPAIGN — When victims of abuse are told to get out of their situations, it can be hard to find suitable homes for their pets. One woman's ordeal inspired a partnership among local agencies to solve this problem.

Moultrie-Douglas County Fair: 'The best week in the summer'

Maybe it's the pay-one-price carnival rides that bring thousands of people to the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair every year. Or it could be the livestock shows, queen pageants or live entertainment that make people want to come out to the weeklong event. Whatever it is, it all starts Sunday.

Champaign Park District's mini-triathlon moved up to avoid conflict

CHAMPAIGN — Multi-sport athletes won't have to choose between annual Mahomet runs and Champaign's mini-triathlon after all.

Champaign Park District board members moved the date of the 36th annual mini-tri from the first week of August to this Saturday, eliminating a direct conflict with the Mahomet half-marathon, 10K, 5K and fun run.

League of their own: Root, Brewer collect titles at Freedom 5K

CHAMPAIGN — Most people spend their Fourth of July mornings relaxing before a busy day with family and friends.

Others, however, trade in their air conditioning for 3.1 sweaty miles under the sweltering, summer sun.

This year, 472 runners braced for the heat, but for Champaign native Ryan Root, the 25th Champaign County Freedom Celebration 5K was simply a warm-up.

In Tolono, you can never have too much summertime fun

TOLONO — Independence Day celebrations are right around the corner, and although the holiday doesn't officially arrive until Wednesday, Tolono Fun Days President BRIAN BOOHER is getting a jump on the festivities with an alluring firework show.

In court, killer's half brother offers forgiveness for mom's murder

The grief-stricken son of a slain Champaign woman said he forgave his half brother for killing their mother.

"Even after all of this, I wanted to tell Richard that I forgive him," said Jim McLaughlin, the other son of Betty Jo Stover. "And I pray that he finds help for the darkness within him."

At Carle's school for hearing impaired, graduation day full of sounds of success

URBANA — One mother has lived several hours apart from her husband and two daughters for almost six years, just so her young hearing-impaired son could learn to use his voice.

"He was a kid who couldn't say a word, and now he can't stop talking," said Leslie Kobernik-Pollack, mother of Henry Kobernik-Pollack.

A Life Remembered: Prolific sci-fi author used people of C-U as his muses

CHAMPAIGN — A daughter of the prolific author who brought literary depth to the science fiction and fantasy genres with books like "The Warlock in Spite of Himself" said he used the people of Champaign as his muse.

"He gained inspiration from the people around him," said Eleanore Stasheff, whose father, Christopher Stasheff, died June 10 at age 74.

Cities done with storm cleanup, but residents face long road

CHAMPAIGN — It's been more than two weeks since the National Weather Service determined that two EF-0 tornadoes touched down in southwest Champaign, and though they lasted less than a minute each, residents are facing years of damage control.