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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.


Renaissance director vows fresh start after resignation

DANVILLE – Renaissance Danville Executive Director Bob Yapp announced his resignation Monday, vowing to launch his own nonprofit organization dedicated to neighborhood development.

Renaissance Danville, meanwhile, said Yapp hasn't worked for the agency since Aug. 24.


Search intensifies for Sadorus mother of seven

SADORUS – It's been three months, three weeks and five days since anyone's seen Naomi Arnette.

Now, Arnette's face – a shy, closed-mouth smile, hazel eyes and hair pulled back – is appearing on billboards around the state.


Arcola man restoring beauty, history

Wilmer Otto might be coordinating the first-ever "facial transplant" of a historic facade onto a building he owns in Arcola, but don't be deceived.

For Otto, there's nothing superficial about the beauty of restoring the stamped-tin facade. It's a way for him to preserve the past and raise historical awareness – a major goal in his many restoration projects.


Tuscola man's son assumes National Guard post

SPRINGFIELD – The son of a Tuscola resident has assumed command of the Illinois National Guard.

Brig. Gen. William L. Enyart took over command of the Guard during a ceremony Saturday morning at the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.


'Incognito' chimesmaster puts on show for campus at Altgeld

URBANA – On a warm September day, in a square, nonair-conditioned room halfway up Altgeld Hall's tower, 73-year-old Sue Wood hustled across wooden floorboards.

In front of the giant clavier, or keyboard, she pushed lever after lever while moving side to side.


Son's death set Urbana couple on education campaign

URBANA – A grade school teacher for many years, Gloria Wilhelm has continued her mission of educating, in a different way, for the past year.

Her message is clear and concise: "Drive now, talk later. It only takes a second to cause an eternal heartbreak."


Danville duo endure cancer together

DANVILLE – It's been a tough year for Danville residents Joe and Janet Burns. Both were diagnosed with cancer.

"I still can't believe it," said 49-year old Janet, wisps of hair escaping her pink baseball cap. "I'm still in shock."


Danville's only elevator operator: a job with ups and downs

The air in the Adams Building smells slightly musty as you walk through the double glass doors that face Vermilion Street.

It's cool inside and your footsteps echo quietly off of the pale marble walls and bounce up toward a high ceiling.


Previous employer had given Palazzolo good recommendation

CHAMPAIGN – Documents released by the former employer of fired C-U public health director Vito Palazzolo show board members were blocked from talking about his employment there – except in a letter that gives him a good recommendation.

The News-Gazette asked for the documents from the Ottawa County, Mich., health department under the Freedom of Information Act.