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Benefit set to help woman's seven children

TOLONO – A benefit scheduled for the same day as Naomi Arnette's memorial service will ensure that she – and the seven children she left behind – aren't forgotten.

The benefit, scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at CJ Dane's in Tolono, will follow Mrs. Arnette's visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. and memorial service at 3 p.m., both of which are to take place at the R.E. Franks Center at 112 W. Madison in Philo.

Teen uses Bar Mitzvah money to give school libraries a boost

URBANA – "Now, you are a man."

So go the words told to many a boy on his Bar Mitzvah day, the rite of passage that signifies adulthood in the Jewish world. The boy – or girl if it's a Bat Mitzvah – learns about Judaism and reads in Hebrew from the Torah, the Jewish holy book, in front of family, friends and congregants.

Drum set a hit with Make-A-Wish recipient

HOMER – In Dallas Shaw's world, drums trump doctor's orders every time.

"Music is life," the elated Homer 18-year-old said Saturday after receiving his dream drum set – just like the one Led Zeppelin's drummer used – from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Frazier stands proud, points to father's influence

There is something Chester Frazier wants to tell you. Not just you, but everyone. It's a story he wants the world to know. It's a story about his father. It explains why Chester knelt beside his father's lifeless body for four hours after lung cancer took his last breath in April. It explains why Chester held his father's hand and kissed his forehead and told him to please, stop this. Please, wake up.

"Here's what you should know about my dad," he says.

Weathersby offers solid family foundation

RANTOUL – It doesn't take long to realize that education is important in Ruby Weathersby's family.

Her father took until he was 61 to get his college degree, but he got it. She went to college but had to interrupt for her marriage to Walter Weathersby and their subsequent seven kids – each one of whom graduated from college.

Arnette memorial service to be held in Philo

Next week, a visitation and memorial service will be held for Naomi Arnette, the missing mother of seven whose remains were found in a wooded area near Sadorus.

Condolences can be offered to Ms. Arnette's family members from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the R.E. Franks Center at 112 W. Madison in Philo. A 3 p.m. memorial service for Ms. Arnette will follow at the same location.

Restaurant owner 'put everybody else first'

CHAMPAIGN – It didn't matter what day of the week it was, Betty Buttitta was there at the front to welcome you into Dom's Patio Villa.

So the experience won't be the same for regular Bob Swisher of Urbana, who usually orders Breast of Chicken a la Dom in the restaurant started by the late Dominic Buttitta.

Businesswoman left mark on people, Monticello

MONTICELLO – Mary Jo Hetrick was never the type to sit back and let life happen around her.

"She was nonstop, always on the go," said her son, Joel Hetrick.

Jerry Van Dyke: a 'cool, funny guy'

DANVILLE – Jerry Van Dyke played a football coach on the television show "Coach," but tennis ranks as one of his favorite sports, and one he's played since he was a kid in Danville.

On Wednesday, the 76-year-old actor could be found at the Danville Tennis Club, wielding his racquet in a doubles match. He and his wife, Shirley, took on former Danville High School Coach Gene Gourley and Sandy Bush, a club employee.

Danville elementary school mourns extraordinary girl

DANVILLE – Staff and students at Northeast Elementary Magnet School are mourning the loss of Jenna McMillin, whose spirit and courage in spite of her illness inspired other students and adults who knew her.

"What she most wanted to be was just an ordinary little girl, yet she was one of the most extraordinary girls I've ever seen," said Kathy Houpt, principal at Northeast. "The fight she had in her ... it's hard to explain. She had so much courage and joy in life. It sounds like a cliche, but with her it was true."