ST. JOSEPH – Don't expect to get a haircut or a perm on Saturday afternoon in St. Joseph.
Mayor B.J. Hackler is closing his beauty shop early so he and his friends can cheer on the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans in the state football semifinals.
TUSCOLA – There are a few more signs around town and a few more streamers, but a casual visitor would be hard-pressed to tell by driving around that Tuscola is playing in its second semifinal football game in as many years on Saturday.
There are small events taking place this week – but most take place every week during football season.
MADISON, Wis. – Urbana High School teacher and Danville Ward 4 Alderman Terry Baldwin is recuperating this morning from a nearly six-hour liver transplant Thursday at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Baldwin, who has a rare genetic disease, was told Wednesday night that a match was found. Baldwin, 54, had been experiencing medical problems related to his condition. He was recently placed on a waiting list for a new liver.
CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College President Robert Exley will have coronary bypass surgery on Friday, officials said Wednesday.
Lin Warfel, chairman of the college's board of trustees, said the surgery was moved up a month because Exley had some heart-related episodes at home after he was released from the hospital last Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN – Astronaut Joe Tanner's fourth and final space mission in September was the hardest one he's been on, he said Tuesday, but he took time to appreciate how special his job is.
"It's beautiful," he said of the view of the Earth from space. "You can't see the borders between countries. You see the curve of the Earth and the thin layer of atmosphere."
DANVILLE – When Polly Bishir attended a health fair at Mer Che Manor on Monday, she expected to get her blood pressure and glucose checked.
She did not expect to learn she may have osteoporosis.
DANVILLE – After 30 years of wishing, five years of planning and eight months of building, the Danville school district on Wednesday dedicated a $1.3 million all-weather track.
Though the track and field facility was built for the high school, district officials said it belongs to community members, whose hard work and generosity turned the dream into a reality.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district received an "unqualified" opinion on an audit of its 2005-06 financial statements – the highest rating level available.
The clean audit means the district can get a lower interest rate on any bonds it sells in the future. Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas reviewed last year's budget in explaining to the board Monday night why the district received the clean audit.
CHAMPAIGN – A proposal for a charter school has been submitted to the Champaign school board.
Andrea Carter, one of the organizers behind the proposal, said she submitted the required information to the board last week. The board has 45 days from when it received the proposal to schedule a public hearing on the matter.
DANVILLE – Walking across the Danville Area Community College campus, someone asked 19-year-old Michael Spitz how to get to the Mary Miller complex.
Spitz knew exactly where to direct them. Just seven weeks ago, he wouldn't have known.