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A Life Remembered: Drug court graduate touched many lives

URBANA — Melissa "Missy" Mullins Lackey is being remembered as a person who helped others cope with the very demons that haunted parts of her life.

The 36-year-old Urbana woman died Monday evening after suffering a seizure earlier that day at the Champaign County Jail.

The cause of her death hasn't been pinpointed.

Volunteers spend night on Champaign streets to aid homeless

CHAMPAIGN — Kristen Cantieri spent Friday night with her friends in a chilly cardboard box in downtown Champaign.

Prosthetic arm project expanding

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student-led effort to develop a low-cost prosthetic arm for people in developing countries has expanded to different parts of the world.

"We're growing into a more global organization," said IPT President Adam Booher, outlining the group's progress to an audience of 65 at the UI Research Park this week.

2011's top online stories by month

Here are the most-viewed stories each month of 2011 at

January: A story about the founder of Jimmy John's contemplating leaving the state.

Local food bank to receive donated meals from Kraft Foods' Huddle to Fight Hunger contest

CHAMPAIGN — No matter whether the Illini or the Bruins emerge victorious in Saturday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, hungry people in East Central Illinois will come out winners.

Vermilion official wants to explore merging shelter, humane society

DANVILLE — A $164,000 donation to the Vermilion County Animal Regulation Department has one local official eager to study the possibility of merging the Vermilion County Animal Shelter and the Danville Humane Society.

Demand fuels Rantoul pork plant's plans for growth

RANTOUL — Rantoul Foods pork processing plant will build five more loading docks, a shipping office and another finished-product cooling unit to handle the large number of hogs being processed.

The plant, located at 205 Turner Drive in the village's industrial park, slaughters and processes between 3,700 and 4,000 hogs a day.

Illinois' Sears, Kmart stores spared the ax

HOFFMAN ESTATES — Sears Holdings Corp. on Thursday identified 79 Sears and Kmart stores that it plans to close after poor Christmas holiday sales.

None of the stores is in Illinois.

Owner of mortuary service told to halt work

CHAMPAIGN — The state agency that licenses funeral directors in Illinois has ordered Robert L. Perry, owner of Perry's Twin City Mortuary Service in Champaign, to stop acting as a funeral director because he is not licensed.

Champaign birthday girl collects books, not gifts

CHAMPAIGN — Taylor Hug loves to read.

So when the first-grader has a chance to read to Sally Sue, the literacy dog at Kenwood Elementary School, it's a special treat.