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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.

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.

Resident wants ban on some dog breeds

PAXTON – Charlotte Hampton said she was shocked when she looked out her kitchen window a few weeks ago and saw a stray white pit bull attack and kill a pet rabbit in her neighbor's back yard.

"I went to the window because I heard some barking, and I saw a dog scratching at the rabbit cage," Hampton said. "The dog soon got into the cage and killed the rabbit."

Urbana native a real go-getter as a promotor and agent for talent locally, nationally

URBANA – Seth Fein has 22 years of experience in the music business.

Which is a lot, considering he's 26 years old.

Group getting its wish: Custody issue out in the open

URBANA – On a subfreezing night when they could have watched holiday specials on television, they came from as far as Bloomington and Springfield to see what they could do to improve access to their own children.

About 40 people turned out at a meeting Dec. 6 in Urbana to hear the executive director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children talk about ways to get the Illinois legislature and the Champaign County judiciary to consider shared parenting.

Family took a hard road to owning home

CHAMPAIGN – The road from Ho Chi Minh City to Champaign-Urbana has not been an easy one for Vinh Nguyen and his family.

He left friends and a good job as an engineer in Vietnam three years ago to follow his father to the United States as a political refugee. Now Vinh, his wife, Dieu, and their three daughters share a two-bedroom trailer at Shadowwood Homes with his father and brother. He's working 12-hour shifts as an operator at Advanced Filtration Systems and still getting used to the bland (by comparison) American food.

Former N-G writer always made sure others were happy

CHAMPAIGN – One of Nina Rubel's favorite words was "marvelous." She thought the people she wrote about were marvelous, and after reading her stories, you tended to think they were marvelous, too.

Mrs. Rubel died Thursday, 15 years after her first cancer diagnosis, upbeat and thoughtful of others until the end, friends say.

Group offers help for the holidays

CHAMPAIGN – For community members who can't afford food or gifts during the holidays, this Saturday's events at Restoration Urban Ministries could be a blessing.

Starting at 10 a.m. and running until about noon, people can pick up a free box of food and a gift or two at the ministries' main building at 1213 Parkland Court. The twice-yearly event, usually attended by 200 to 250 families, is designed to help low-income people from around the county get through the holidays on a full stomach, said Executive Director Ervin T. Williams.

Effort made to honor former coach

PAXTON – The football field at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School will now be called the Jerry Zimmerman Field at I-57 Stadium in memory of the former beloved coach and teacher.

Mr. Zimmerman died Nov. 12 at the age of 64. He had been at Paxton High School and then Paxton-Buckley-Loda from 1963 until he retired in 1999, teaching and coaching and serving as athletic director.

Top kids on the block

CHAMPAIGN – For eight Edison Middle School students, Legos are not just toy building blocks, they're also the means to discovering engineering robotics, computer programming and teamwork.

And they are the vehicle to a first prize at the regional FIRST Lego League Robotic Competition, held on the University of Illinois campus last Saturday.