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CHAMPAIGN – Soldiers from Champaign-Urbana are among the 325 Illinois Army National Guard soldiers who will be honored this weekend by the National Guard Bureau Freedom Salute Campaign.
Company B, 634th Brigade Support Battalion will be honored at 10 a.m. Sunday at Centennial High School, 913 Crescent Drive, C.
GEORGETOWN – The body of fallen soldier Sgt. Kenneth Nichols of Georgetown is expected to come home on Friday, a family member said Wednesday.
Sgt. Nichols' casket is scheduled to be flown from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to the Vermilion Regional Airport on a morning flight, said Tinisha Shade-Cravens, the Georgetown man's sister-in-law. She said the exact time of arrival was still not known on Wednesday afternoon, and it would depend on the weather.
URBANA – Furloughs at the University of Illinois will be "back on the table" during the spring semester unless the state of Illinois steps up in a big way, UI officials said this week.
Some University of Illinois faculty say furloughs should come on days when students are in class, to send state officials a message.
Ilya Kapovich, associate professor of mathematics, said the state's fiscal "irresponsibility" caused the UI's budget dilemma.
CHICAGO – About 5,200 people are being recruited in East Central Illinois to work for the 2010 Census.
Tests for the temporary jobs, most of which are part-time, are being conducted almost daily this month at locations throughout the area, according to Lydia Ortiz, a media specialist with the Census Bureau in Chicago. They pay between $11.50 and $18.25 an hour.
DANVILLE – Alice Payne, who recently completed a 35-year career with the Danville school district, is being recognized as "Biggie of the Year" by the Progressive Chapter of Blacks in Government.
Payne will receive the award at the 16th annual Black Tie Affair at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Days Hotel & Conference Center, 77 N. Gilbert St.
A lot of us are feeling distressed and put-upon these days – concerned about the economy, about our jobs, about wars, about friends who are ill, about politicians who want our votes but are afraid to level with us, about ... geez, that's enough.
Last weekend, I found just the formula to temporarily forget all those issues:
PAXTON – Laboratory results received by the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department on Tuesday did not confirm that a Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School sixth-grader died from a rare blood infection that is highly contagious upon close contact.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said last week that an autopsy showed 11-year-old Natalie Johnson appeared to have died from a blood infection called Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome, caused by a severe bacterial infection. Blood work had been sent to a lab at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana to confirm the findings.
Higher rates prompt water revolt in Sidney
SIDNEY – Sidney residents who are trying to make a statement to the local government may be left high and dry.
DANVILLE – The community is rallying around the Danville Area Food Pantry after thieves stole canned goods, peanut butter, boxes of macaroni and cheese, and other donations collected during the pantry's annual winter food drive over the weekend.
"It's unbelievable," said Sheri Beck, a food pantry board member. "The community has been wonderful."