CHAMPAIGN – The Salvation Army of Champaign County got another unexpected boost in its annual kettle campaign last week.
Three more gold coins were found in kettles in Champaign – one on Thursday and two on Saturday, bringing to four the number of gold coins received this year.
DANVILLE – To James Curry, the Danville Rescue Mission is more than just a men's homeless shelter or community soup kitchen.
It's the place where he found love, acceptance and a purpose.
But something was wrong, horribly wrong.
When snagged off the shelves, they felt light. The boxes, all of them, were empty.
That sparkly Christmas tree in the living room could one day sleep with the fishes.
From now until at least Jan. 15, people can drop off their old trees at three Champaign County Forest Preserve District sites: Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, Homer Lake in Homer and Middle Fork River in Penfield.
CHAMPAIGN – There's going to be a new convent in Campustown.
The two-story convent is being built at 1007 S. Sixth St., between the St. John's Catholic Church rectory and the recently rescued Georgian apartments.
DANVILLE – The Danville Salvation Army struck gold on Wednesday.
Maj. Theresa Turner, acting executive director, said an anonymous donor dropped a 1976 gold Krugerrand into a red kettle at County Market on North Vermilion Street. The coin from South Africa is valued at about $540.
MAHOMET – Christina Hunt was surprised to find a Mahomet police officer and minister knocking on the door of her home in Mahomet Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN – In the long-running Peanuts skit, Lucy dispenses advice for 5 cents from her lemonade stand with a sign reading, "The Doctor is in."
In this case, the advice and the lemonade are free, and there's no actual stand.
CHAMPAIGN – While the University of Illinois men's basketball team was winning big at the Braggin' Rights game versus the University of Missouri, more than 600 fans were cheering them on from an unlikely venue.
The Virginia Theatre in Champaign hosted a free viewing of the Braggin' Rights game. The event came complete with a two-stories-tall television screen, a video showing about 100 years of Illinois basketball and a question-and-answer session with famed former basketball coach Lou Henson and longtime commentator Jim Turpin.
Michelle Slaminko gets to talk to her husband, Marine Sgt. Eli Slaminko, by phone most weeks, as long as the connection to his base in Iraq isn't down, and they exchange e-mail as well.
But Wednesday's conversation was special for the local woman. She didn't just get to talk to him, she did it face to face.