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Homeworks store in need of volunteers

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.

Group picks site for new museum

PAXTON – Historical artifacts from Ford County will have a new home soon. The Ford County Historical Society decided to locate its museum in the historic 1887 brick water tower and pump house behind Paxton's city hall.

A search committee spent the past several years examining possible sites all over the county. They looked at both existing buildings and properties for new construction.

Christmas parade set for Saturday

RANTOUL – People from throughout northern Champaign County are expected to line the streets of Rantoul on Saturday morning for the Rantoul Christmas Parade.

This will mark the fourth consecutive year the event has been organized by the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rocket Nation is ready for some football

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.

Two Gulf Coast families adjusting to life in Illinois

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 family's fire-ravaged home is rebuilt in time for Thanksgiving

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.

With IHSA contract pending, local officials trying hard to please visitors

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.

Football players show seat-belt safety's a snap

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.

Group searching for new place to perform

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.

Monticello, club to discuss golf course expansion

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.