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CHAMPAIGN – This is the time of year donations to the Empty Tomb usually increase, and the organization needs the money more than ever.
Six employees are waiting for paychecks they should have received last week.
CHAMPAIGN – The Habitat for Humanity store, Homeworks, is suffering from the curse of abundance.
The not-for-profit store at 40 E. University Ave., C, has so many items and so many customers that it needs volunteer workers to help out.
If she could get anything she wanted from New Orleans, Keesha Lanehart would order up some red beans, smoked sausage and some liver cheese – fresh, not the packaged kind.
For Flower Robinson, it would be photographs of her three children. She and her husband, Shawn, were able to salvage their computer from their flooded house in Gulfport, Miss., but not the digital family photos stored on it.
TOLONO – For Frank and Sherry Cripps, Thanksgiving has taken on new meaning this year.
A little more than six months ago, fire swept through their split-level home in Tolono, destroying almost everything they had accumulated in 18 years of married life and heavily damaging the house.
TOLONO – From the Frito Lay plant in Sidney to the Sadorus grain elevator and the Abraham Lincoln memorial in Tolono, from the "Center of the Universe" water tower in Philo to the state police headquarters in Pesotum, the residents of maroon-clad Rocket Nation have spent this week getting ready for the Class 3A title game against Bureau Valley.
Julie Curry, mother of one of the players, said she'll be glad to finally have a chance to sit down when the game starts in Memorial Stadium.
CHAMPAIGN – Tent City is back up.
And local officials say they will do their best this weekend to put on a good show for the football fans and teams attending the eight Illinois High School Association championship games that will be contested Friday and Saturday at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium.
TOLONO – Unity High School's students and fans are thrilled to have their Rocket football team still alive in the playoffs ahead of Friday's state championship game at Memorial Stadium against Bureau Valley.
But four of the Rocket football players are just happy to be alive at all.
MONTICELLO – Monticello's golf course could double in size within the next five to 10 years.
The Monticello City Council voted last week to begin talks with leaders of the private Monticello Golf Club about leasing the site of the former city landfill (adjacent to the golf course) so the course could be expanded from nine to 18 holes.
PAXTON – When the curtain came down for the final time Sunday for the children's show "Honk Jr." at the Paxton Majestic Theater, it really was the final curtain.
High utility bills and high rent has forced the Paxton Majestic Theater Group to look for a new home that they can afford.
When the power goes out at Barb Teterycz's house, she usually heads to her car and goes shopping.
Except the time of the brownout when the garage door opener malfunctioned and the door kept opening and closing.