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Judge denies emergency order against Gerard, sets next hearing

URBANA — A judge on Wednesday denied a musician's request for an emergency stalking/no contact order against Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, but set a hearing later this month on a request for an order of protection.


Illinois Ancestors: Newspapers full of research data

Many researchers seek old newspapers mainly for the obituary notices they provide. Such publications should also be sought for the other important family data they offer, as well as the clues they supply for further research.


Rantoul hosting exercises for area emergency units

RANTOUL — The village will be teeming with state and area emergency response agencies beginning Thursday and ending Saturday as they participate in a domestic emergency response exercise.

Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters said hundreds of emergency personnel will be on hand during all or part of the three days. Among those participating will be the Illinois National Guard.


Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area

UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.


UI group planning Mom's Day Concert

URBANA — The University of Illinois Black Chorus will present its annual Mom's Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Foellinger Great Hall in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.


CUTC schedules auditions for 'Urinetown'

URBANA — Auditions for "Urinetown, the Musical" — Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's eighth annual Kathy Murphy Student Production — will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at CUTC headquarters, 608 N. Cunningham Ave., U.

Call backs will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, also at the CUTC headquarters.


My Amish Home: From snow to spring: A new sunny outlook

"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17


March home sales drop a bit from '12

CHAMPAIGN — Wintry weather and a low inventory of houses on the market helped push down March home sales, the Champaign County Association of Realtors said.

The association's Multiple Listing Service reported 160 sales of homes in March, down from 179 in March 2012.


Comedy show set for Vineyard Church

URBANA — Chonda Pierce, the "Queen of Clean Comedy," will bring her Southern charm and musical talent to the Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets range from $17 to $25.


Independent films showcased at Art Theater

CHAMPAIGN — The fourth annual New Art Film Festival will showcase locally and regionally made independent films at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C, from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday.