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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.