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Rantoul chamber elects two members

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will have two new board members next month.

Chamber Executive Director Joe Bolser said Thursday that Connie Franzen of Deena's Style Shop and Dennis Long, chairman of the Bank of Rantoul, have been elected to join the chamber board.

Rural Arcola woman found in Mississippi

ARCOLA – A rural Arcola woman who left her home with her boyfriend nearly a month ago, leaving her two young children behind, was discovered and arrested along with the boyfriend Sunday afternoon by Biloxi, Miss., police.

Biloxi police arrested the woman, Gwendolyn Maxedon, 23, and her boyfriend, Michael McGehe, 24, at a Greyhound bus station in Biloxi. Both were arrested on Douglas County warrants accusing them of residential burglary in connection with the burglary of a garage safe owned by Maxedon's parents in which more than $30,000 in cash, coins and jewelry was taken, according to Rickey Ferguson, Maxedon's father.

Putting the sweet in corn

Bite into a piece of sweet corn at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival this week and you will be biting into a piece of University of Illinois history.

Fifty years ago next month in the journal Genetics, John Laughnan, a UI corn geneticist and botany professor, published an article describing a gene that caused corn kernels to store less starch and more sugar.

Urbana business group gets new leader

URBANA – An Urbana native well-versed in promotion and organization has been hired as the new executive director of the Urbana Business Association.

R. Douglas Marcum, 50, returned from New York last week to take the job, just a week before the association's biggest annual event, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. Marcum succeeds Laurie Bonnett, who has accepted a job with the Urban League of Champaign County.

It's Your Business: Nifty Nuptials handles wedding details

After shopping around and finally going out of state for the kind of wedding she wanted, Michelle Baker of Champaign became the Rev. Michelle Baker and started her own wedding business called Nifty Nuptials.

Baker has teamed up with her sister, wedding coordinator Kandice Leonard, and between the two of them, they now handle all the details of a betrothed couple's wedding – including photography, music, flowers and the ceremony itself, performed by Baker, an ordained Christian minister through the Universal Life Church, which does ordinations online without question of faith.

South Farms on move

URBANA – The groundbreaking agricultural research at the University of Illinois has included development of an early weaning system to improve the quality of beef cattle and a test to identify carriers of spider lamb syndrome, a genetic condition causing deformities of the legs and spine in sheep.

Scientists have done their cutting-edge work with animals housed in out-of-date facilities built in the early part of the last century.

A preschool of many flavors

CHAMPAIGN – The lunches at Marujita's Small World School aren't your typical preschool fare – chicken enchiladas, red beans and rice, seafood paella.

"I don't give them corn dogs or hot dogs," Crisalida Thomassie, owner and director of the English-Spanish preschool at 1305 S. Mattis Ave., C, said with a laugh.

New threat to Illinois trees: Ash borer beetle

By the early 1970s, after Dutch elm disease had mostly finished its decades-long run in Champaign-Urbana, less than 50 of the more than 14,000 elms in the community were left standing.

Some residents, sometimes tearfully, still recall street sides, parks and other green spaces, once shaded by stately elms, reduced to fields of dead stumps.

UI international program 'suffering, still alive'

Paruch Suksod, 23, has been at the University of Illinois since January, but his road to being an American college student is just beginning.

Born in Thailand, Suksod spent the past eight months brushing up on his English skills before beginning as a full-time student this fall.

Wright idea for high-flying project

CHAMPAIGN – Steve Chalke has the Wright idea.

The Savoy engineering consultant is building a replica of the Wright brothers' 1903 airplane, with hopes of having it done by Dec. 17, the 100th anniversary of their first flight.