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Mary Tiefenbrunn's first career: stage manager. Second career: lawyer.
Third career: breaks her heart every day, but so worth it.
Tiefenbrunn, who took over as executive director of the Champaign County Humane Society in early September, oversees an organization that tries to find new homes for a seemingly endless supply of animals somebody didn't want.
FAIRLAND – Every day, Wanda Rollings wakes up feeling like she's trapped under water.
And she wonders, is there anybody else out there who's struggling to breathe for the same reason she is? Anybody who wants to talk about it?
CHAMPAIGN – As the sole intern last spring at a John Deere plant in the small town of Horicon, Wis., University of Illinois senior Carolyn Ratcliffe found her entertainment choices limited.
"Every day I would go home from work and watch 'Jeopardy' and 'Wheel of Fortune,' " the 21-year-old mechanical engineering major said.
DANVILLE – Dr. Ron Serfoss got a pleasant surprise when Danville Noon Rotary President Amy Henkelman came to see him at his office recently.
"When I heard Amy was here, I thought she was going to tell me if I didn't start coming to meetings, I was going to have to drop my Rotary membership," Serfoss, 64, said with a laugh.
CHAMPAIGN – Thinking of sending a Christmas gift to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan? Lori Stewart suggests a gift card instead.
OK, maybe there's no Abercrombie or Gap at the Baghdad mall, but today's soldiers are the first in history to have ready access to the Internet.
CHAMPAIGN – Suppose you won $13.5 million in the Illinois Lottery. What would you buy?
For Steven Workman of Champaign, it was a golf bag.
CHAMPAIGN – Arnold Yarber was "Arnie" to football coaches, millionaires, scores of Champaign and Illini athletes, and untold thousands who loved his grandmother's barbeque recipe – hold the tomato sauce.
He'd wanted to be a chiropractor, and worked a number of jobs for the state and the University of Illinois, but most people knew him as the owner of Po' Boys, a restaurant on the north edge of downtown Champaign that had a cult following for more than half a century.
DANVILLE – Brandon Sherman was getting ready for a Civil War re-enactment when he realized he had a problem.
None of his Civil War uniforms fit.
CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign teenager who had been missing overnight Wednesday was returned home by noon the next day.
Michael Henneman, 16, was listed Wednesday as a missing and endangered runaway, according to a Champaign police bulletin.
ST. JOSEPH – When County Road 2200 E near St. Joseph becomes Cory Hubbell Way on Saturday afternoon, the fallen soldier's mother wants all veterans to be honored.
"They all need to be remembered the same," Connie Bickers said. "They're all heroes."