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Danville High cheerleader performing in London New Year's parade

DANVILLE — A Danville High School cheerleader will ring in the new year six hours ahead of her friends and family back home.

That's because Shaina Allen will be in London to march in the British capital's New Year's Day parade with the Universal Cheerleaders and Universal Dance associations' All American team. She leaves Wednesday and flies home Jan. 2.


Legends offering video gambling

CHAMPAIGN — Video gambling has come to the University of Illinois campus.

Legends sports bar on Green Street in Champaign announced on its Facebook page on Friday afternoon that it has begun offering video gambling.


Monster truck show coming to the Assembly Hall

CHAMPAIGN — Monsters & Magic Tour, a monster truck show, is coming the University of Illinois Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2013.

And tickets go on sale Oct. 31.


UPDATED: UI's Urbana campus to be smoke-free by November 2013

UPDATED 10 p.m. Wednesday

URBANA — Smokers have just over a year to indulge their habit at the University of Illinois before a new smoke-free policy takes effect — including at outdoor sporting events.


Vermilion to vote on sale of nursing home

DANVILLE -- What a difference a year, or less, can make in the county nursing home business.

In early 2011, the county-owned Vermilion Manor Nursing Home had been operating in the black for at least two years and had just paid back to the county, with 3.5 percent interest, a $600,000 loan that had helped the 200-bed facility climb out of the red.


Third area honor flight leaves Thursday

SAVOY -- Central Illinois Honor Flight will take off for the third time from Willard Airport on Thursday, and about 70 World War II veterans will head to Washington, D.C., to see war memorials.


Women's SAFE House plans open house Sunday

CHAMPAIGN — The new Women's SAFE House at 502 E. Church St., C, will host an open house at 4 p.m. Sunday.


Champaign woman lost stepdaughter in meningitis outbreak

CHAMPAIGN — Carol Bergeson had more than a beloved stepdaughter.

She had a soul mate, she says.

But a contaminated steroid drug that has set off a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak ended the life of Bergeson's 56-year-old stepdaughter, Diana Reed, on Oct. 3.


A Life Remembered: Meteorologist Reese a 'fun-loving' professional

The communities of central Illinois are remembering popular WCIA-TV meteorologist Robert Reese, who has lost his battle against cancer.

Mr. Reese, 50, passed away Tuesday night at the University of Chicago Hospital. He had battled cancer for many years and was most recently fighting pneumonia.


Tell doctor if you've had injection, shown symptoms

Have you undergone a spinal injection recently for back or neck pain?

All the contaminated steroid medication connected to the fungal meningitis outbreak has been recalled, and government officials are aware of infections associated with only the three lots that have been recalled.