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Host of first Farm Progress Show in 1953 remembered

ARMSTRONG – Stephen Bass doesn't remember why his uncle, the late Earl Bass, was chosen to host the first Farm Progress Show back in 1953. But after thinking about it, he said it makes sense that his uncle was selected.

"Earl was a good farm manager," Bass recalled of his father's older brother. "He was kind of an innovator. He was always coming up with inventions to make the farm better."

Champaign police seeking gunman

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are looking for a man who robbed another man at gunpoint Saturday morning.

The victim was walking in the 800 block of North Randolph Street about 9:36 a.m. Saturday when he was approached by another man, according to police reports.

AmeriCorps denies grant for CHART

URBANA – The Crisis Nursery is known by another name to many in the 5-and-under set. They like to call it "Polly Mae's house."

Polly Mae Rosa is the AmeriCorps member who cares for children every weekday at the nursery, a place where parents can take their kids if they're homeless, lose their regular child care or just need a break. Many moms tell Rosa, "My children won't stop talking about you."

Judge will leave bench

URBANA – Ann Einhorn was struggling Friday to find just the right words to announce her retirement to the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

"I just want to say 'Thanks. It's time to move on,'" said Einhorn, acknowledging that probably wasn't exactly the best way to address the topic.

It's Your Business: Business relocates to Mahomet post office

A suburban Chicago company has leased the former Mahomet post office building at 406 E. Main St. and relocated its business there.

Lambert Associates, formerly in Mundelein, expects to have its new offices open in a couple of weeks, said Jeff Lambert, who owns the company with his wife, Nancy.

Information sought on robbery at pizzeria

CHAMPAIGN – Crimestoppers of Champaign County is seeking information about an armed robbery in Champaign.

On Saturday, July 19, at 4 a.m., two men wearing stockings over their faces entered Prime Time Pizza, 505 E. University Ave., C. One had a long gun.

If you could save time in a capsule ...

URBANA – The class of '93 picked a classy Latin motto – "Esse, quam videri" or "To be as you seem" – but fairly prosaic class colors, basic brown and pink.

The class of '95 expressed its motto in plain English – "This ends our first lesson" – but graduates' choice of colors was far more fanciful – mahogany and salmon.

Baghdad palace not exactly cool stay for engineer

In the company of richly artistic statues of Saddam Hussein and opulent doors that he only half jokingly says are probably worth more than his house here, Ghassan Al-Chaar decided he still would have preferred a one-star hotel to the former presidential palace in Baghdad.

For one thing, the air conditioning wasn't working too well, a liability in a place where 110- to 120-degree temperatures weren't uncommon.

Hard times for charities

A statewide foster-care agency pulls out of Champaign after more than 40 years of service.

Matthew House, a home for at-risk youth, cancels a major fund-raiser after lackluster ticket sales.

The local branch of the Alzheimer's Association closes its doors, citing a drop in donations.

The United Way of Champaign County fails to meet its fund-raising goal for the first time in several years, forcing it to curb donations to community agencies.

Biodiesel in area's future?

SPRINGFIELD – Dubbed the "all-American" fuel, biodiesel is the buzz these days from Lollapalooza summer music fest, to Berkeley, Calif., to the Springfield bus system.

Now the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and The Atkins Group have confirmed that a California-based biodiesel production company has approached them about building a $20 million plant in Champaign County.