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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."

Longtime high-energy public servant nearing retirement

In Champaign County, the name Schweighart is just about synonymous with public service.

There's Jerry Schweighart, the current mayor of Champaign and a retired Champaign police officer. His brother, John Schweighart Sr., also retired as a Champaign police detective. And John Schweighart Jr. is a sergeant in investigations with the Champaign Police Department.

Champaign couple's volunteer efforts earn them award

Kyle Robeson once said he knew some people who seemed determined to take all their money with them when they died.

Not him.

Newlyweds heading to Iraq together

MAHOMET – Sgt. Amanda Christopher Calle married Sgt. Matthew Christopher in March. And soon, the newlyweds will be going overseas for tours of duty in Iraq.

They volunteered. They believe in the work. And they are both looking forward to helping out the soldiers fighting in the war effort.

Area Guard units coming home

CHAMPAIGN – About 30 National Guard soldiers from the Champaign Armory will be among those returning from the front line in Iraq as early as next week.

No date has been set for the return of the soldiers from Company B of the 634th Forward Support Battalion, who have been serving with Company A of the same battalion, which has its headquarters in Mattoon.

Friends harvest ailing farmer's crops

SEYMOUR – What goes around comes around, and when word spread in Seymour about Bill Young's health problems, Mark and Jim Nibling knew exactly what to do.

They started organizing, and on Monday, neighbors drove combines to Young's 100-acre cornfield to take out the crop in a matter of hours.

Acting assistant police chief credits mother's influence

Anthony Cobb, who grew up in Champaign, said his mother's discipline at home was the biggest influence in his life, including how he works as a policeman.

"My mom didn't play," said Cobb, who was promoted a little more than a year ago to command the patrol division for the Urbana Police Department.

Paralympian helps bring Ghanaian athletes to U.S.

In September 2001, Olympic athlete Jean Driscoll traveled to Ghana to hold a training camp for wheelchair athletes there.

It was the first time Driscoll, a wheelchair athlete who not only raced in the Boston Marathon but also won it eight times, had been in the central African country.

New chief chosen for Danville agency

DANVILLE – Tonya Jones, human resources director with Your Family Resource Connection, was named as the organization's interim executive director earlier this week.

The board terminated an agreement Wednesday with Executive Director James May.