Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell

Arthur barbecue joint in the spotlight

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An Arthur couple's restaurant has been honored by Illinois Pork Producers Association, which last month crowned Pauly's BBQ the best in the Land of Lincoln.

Clergy Corner, May 10, 2019

For 40 years, the Rev. ROBERT HACKL worked as a Methodist minister at a variety of area small-town churches, ranging from Oakwood to Henning to Elliott, Roberts, Argenta, Potomac, Bismarck and Georgetown.

Man dies in house fire in Gifford

GIFFORD — The Champaign County coroner has identified a man who died in a house fire Wednesday afternoon on Gifford's south side.

Duane Northrup said Shane Rasor, 42, was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital at 5:49 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

New round of bids set for replacing roof of Juvenile Detention Center

URBANA — Champaign County's Juvenile Detention Center could have a new roof by the end of the summer.

The Champaign County Board's facilities committee spent Tuesday night talking about updating the center's roof.

Centennial renovation budget gets $8 million increase

CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for improvements at Centennial High School has gone up by more than $8 million.

Following an hourlong discussion during a special meeting Monday night, the Champaign school board voted 7-0 to increase the budget for the Centennial project by $8.193 million.

Clergy Corner, May 3, 2019

No female had ever performed a baptism at Davisville Church in Pennsylvania until EMILY LAUDENSLAGER did the honors a few years ago.

And when Laudenslager was passed over for a youth-pastor position after a decade as the assistant, she cheerfully trained the man the parish had hired instead of her.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Oakwood, Salt Fork win thrillers in baseball

In baseball

Charleston 2, St. Joseph-Ogden 1. Seven innings weren't enough to determine a winner in this nonconference pitchers' duel. The Trojans scored a run on a double in the bottom of the eighth to win the game. Brayden Weaver doubled for the Spartans (18-6-2).

Clergy Corner, April 26, 2019

In 1968, Springfield Southeast High's star senior catcher committed to playing baseball for the University of Illinois. A lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, U. PETE WILLIAMS dreamed of going pro some day and becoming the catcher for the Redbirds.

Champaign's Salem Baptist sets annual Friends and Family Day on Sunday

CHAMPAIGN — The Salem Baptist Church in Champaign will host its 26th annual Friends and Family Day this weekend.

This year's event is set for 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 500 E. Park St.

The featured speaker will be the Rev. Claude E. Shelby Sr., senior pastor of the Salem congregation, followed by songs of praise by the church's choir.

Urbana man arrested after being found with gun in Douglass Park

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man has been arrested after allegedly being found with a handgun at Douglass Park.

According to a Champaign police report, officers were called to the 900 block of North Fourth Street at 3:58 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of an armed man in that area who was walking into Douglass Park in the direction of Booker T. Washington STEM Academy.