Gearhead of the Week: Fred Strater

Fred Strater of Rantoul talks about his 1967 GMC shortbed pickup truck.

Money seminar set at Georgetown school

GEORGETOWN — Project Success of Vermilion County will sponsor "Money Smart Week Parent University" on April 15.

It is free and open to all families of Mary Miller Junior High School students in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district.

The seminar is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 15 at the school, 414 W. West St., Georgetown.

Central Illinois Daily Life: April 1- April 8


Images of people and events as seen through the eyes of News-Gazette photographers.


Pet Talk: Raw diets have risks

By Sarah Netherton/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

The words "raw diet" brings thoughts of uncooked vegetables and meat to mind. The raw food craze has been popular among people, but is it safe to feed our animals a raw diet too?

Benefit dinner, auction planned for Georgetown man

DANVILLE — A benefit dinner and auction is being planned for a Georgetown man who has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

Ryan Irby underwent chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at the end of February and the beginning of March in Indianapolis and is now home recovering.

Gearhead of the Week: Robert Swider

Robert Swider of Danville talks about his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu.

Lottery ticket sold in Tolono still unclaimed

TOLONO — Time is running out to redeem a winning Little Lotto ticket sold at a convenience store in Tolono last year.

The winning ticket, worth $50,000, was purchased at Casey's General Store on April 10, 2012. However, no one has yet come forward to claim the money.

Pet talk: Wild babies best in nest

By The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

It's spring, and that means nature abounds with new life. It's also the time when the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine sees a big influx in patients, including lots of "orphaned" wild babies.

Conference scheduled April 13 in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The Chosen Ministry, an orphan care and adoption ministry of First Christian Church in Champaign, will host the Chosen for Life: Mercy for the Orphan conference April 13.

The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the church, 3601 S. Staley Road, C.

Sandra Mason: Planting dates for flowers, vegetables


Mother Nature bats last. And sometimes she carries a particularly big bat. About the time we think it's the last pitch of the bottom half of the last inning, we end up with an extra inning of winter. A few warm days in March and we are in the outfield admiring the green grass while Mother Nature blasts a cold one over the fence.