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Sisters getting a new home

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.

Alternative gift choices still abound

But something was wrong, horribly wrong.

When snagged off the shelves, they felt light. The boxes, all of them, were empty.

Holiday remnants bring good tidings to fish, great joy to anglers

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.

Putting squeeze on depression

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.

Charity comes up golden once again in Danville

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.

Officers give holiday help

MAHOMET – Christina Hunt was surprised to find a Mahomet police officer and minister knocking on the door of her home in Mahomet Thursday.

Pleasantly surprised.

Fans pack Virginia to pull for team

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.

Virtual visits with U.S. military

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.

Enough memories to fill two books

PAXTON – When Pat and Donna DeMuth were growing up in the Ford County town of Paxton, neither could wait until she graduated and left for college.

"We had a countdown," Pat DeMuth said.

Parking violations to get more costly

CHAMPAIGN – With the new year, penalties for abusing disabled parking spaces will increase enormously.

To dramatize the new law, five secretary of state police squad cars circled the Market Place Mall's parking lot looking for misuse of disabled parking placards and spaces. The secretary of state's office issues the placards.