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It's your business: Orders being taken for new cemetery book

Mother and daughter Hope and Holly Labisky of Champaign have been photographing and researching cemeteries in Illinois for seven years, and they are sharing their findings in a new book called "Cemeterying with Hope."

Holly Labisky also started her own publishing business called For More than Pavement to bring out the 200-page book, for which she and her mother are taking orders and offering delivery.

A man of many, many talents

SAVOY– Bill Smith is a longtime Eastern Illinois University professor, an avid cross-country skier, a published author and a three-term member of the Savoy Village Board, but he says he is just happy to be alive.

Smith is on the road to recov-

As Motorola shrinks, C-U center grows

CHAMPAIGN – While Motorola has been shrinking worldwide, its software design center in Champaign-Urbana has been growing.

So far this year, the company has added about 40 employees at its facility in the University of Illinois Re-search Park.

Guard averted Champaign cop's near-tragic choice

HARRODSBURG, Ky. ? The security guard noticed Kevin Crum right away.

It was just after 2 a.m., and Don Barnett was tired. He chugged some coffee and "slapped my face a couple times."

By the time he saw Crum's weapon and bulletproof body armor, Barnett was wide awake and on the phone to the police.

A high-water mark for Salt Fork management

HOMER – The Salt Fork River poured fast last week as it collected the weekend's rains from northern Champaign County and rushed them east into Vermilion County.

At the county line road just north of Homer last Wednesday, the river was 8 to 10 feet above normal, just a few feet under the bridge and in a hurry.

C-U nightclubs: How safe are they?

Thousands of University of Illinois students will pack local taverns and nightclubs this fall.

Few will be thinking of the dangers of being trapped in a crowded nightclub in an emergency, but local officials, bar owners and managers are looking closely at safety issues, like overcrowding and blocked exits.

A tale of two twin cities

Separated by about an hour's drive on Interstate 74, Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington-Normal have a lot in common.

They're both twin cities. They're both host to state universities whose football teams, incidentally, will meet at 11 this morning at Memorial Stadium. They're both, relatively speaking, economically prosperous communities.

Urbana alumni reach out

URBANA – For years, loosely organized Urbana High School alumni have quietly raised money for extras, like the school's all-weather track– a project the district couldn't afford.

Now, leaders are kicking fund-raising efforts into high gear, looking for more members and trying to put the alumni association on stable, permanent financial footing.

United Way campaign under way

DANVILLE – The United Way of Danville Area campaign officially got off to a quiet start Wednesday, and team leaders picked up their packets Thursday to begin working toward a goal of raising $880,000 – down from $935,000 last year.

The Danville agency has begun a new process this year of setting its goal using money received in the prior campaign as a starting point.

Movie magic may return to LeRoy

LeROY – David Kraft was so happy with how the remodeling of the Art Theatre in Champaign turned out, he went out and bought another old movie palace.

Kraft, an Urbana resident who owns the Art Theatre building in downtown Champaign, along with a number of apartments in Champaign-Urbana, is buying the Princess Theatre in downtown LeRoy. But he isn't facing a mere remodeling of the Princess. Instead, it will be a major renovation that could take up to a year. However, Kraft is hoping to get the theater in shape within six to nine months.