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Urbana veteran honored for rescuing his family from fiery wreck

CHAMPAIGN — Trapped between two semitrailers, surrounded by flames and smoke, as diesel fuel spilled out and began to pool under his Pontiac G6, Mark Rogers shoved open his passenger side door, leapt out and rolled over in the grass to smother the flames on his body.

Then he went back.


Report: 957,000 in Illinois eligible for health care credit

CHAMPAIGN — More than 957,000 people in Illinois will be eligible for tax credits to help pay for health coverage next year, according to a national health care consumers organization.


Shorter gardening seminar will feature 4 speakers

Organizers of Mahomet's annual Spring Gardening Seminar learned an important lesson after last year's inaugural event: Although gardeners love to learn about their craft, they're also eager to get their hands dirty after the long winter.


It's time for the great perennial divide

By SANDRA MASON

The snow put our perennials "on ice," but soon green cone heads will punch through their protective mulch.


Provena hospitals change name to Presence

URBANA — It's out with Provena and in with Presence.

But that's just a name, says Mike Brown, the CEO of the two hospitals in Urbana and Danville that are now called Presence Covenant Medical Center and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.

"That doesn't define who we are," he said.


East Green Street in Champaign reopens after water main break

Updated 4:05 p.m. Wednesday

CHAMPAIGN — Traffic has reopened in the 100 block of East Green Street in Champaign following a water main break.

Illinois American Water worked with the city of Champaign and Broeren Russo to reopen one lane of traffic in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. The street had been closed earlier on Wednesday.


Pet talk: A spring reminder on danger of poisons

By Hannah Pitstick/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine


Interest in rifle raffle spreads from Alaska to Florida

ATWOOD — Officially, the raffle of a semiautomatic rifle to benefit youth baseball in the Atwood-Hammond area hasn't even begun.

Unofficially, it's already raised a couple thousand dollars.


Missing pieces of history

Historic buildings do not rise Phoenix-like from the ashes.

"Champaign-Urbana has lost a lot of its great historic buildings," University of Illinois architecture Professor Paul Kapp said. "Unfortunately, that seems to be true, in fact, all over the Midwest."


Even Royer buildings have faded from sight

Urbana has lost many treasures by its most famous Urbana architect, Joseph Royer.

Royer designed Urbana High School, the Champaign County Courthouse, the Urbana Free Library, the Traction Building in Champaign, Leal School and many private residences.