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MTD bus drivers mourn regular passenger

"Assignment completed."

That's the translation of a message on a wreath of flowers left Friday at a bus stop at the intersection of State and Eureka streets in Champaign.

Start of school a success for new first-grade teacher

Angela Simpson surveys her room a little nervously.

Over the last week, she's made the Yankee Ridge Elementary School classroom her own, putting in late nights organizing chairs and tables, setting up her desk, arranging all the school supplies and pictures of monkeys on the wall just so.

Going back to his first love

DANVILLE – Vermilion County Probation Supervisor Bill Day had one piece of advice for probation officer Mark Learnard when he left to take a teaching job at Danville High School earlier this month: Don't let the seniors sell you an elevator pass.

When he was a student, the seniors would sell "elevator passes" to the younger students as a joke, but students weren't allowed on the school's freight elevator, Day recalled.

People pack church to pay last respects to area soldier

URBANA – Urbana and Danville laid a hero to rest Saturday, with a line of dozens of cars and motorcycles following Spc. Justin Penrod's hearse from his funeral to Danville National Cemetery.

Spc. Penrod, 24, who lived in Danville, Rantoul and Mahomet before he was killed in his second tour of duty in Iraq, was remembered as a loving brother, father, son and husband Saturday at Urbana Assembly of God Church.

Danville mayor asks citizens to honor fallen soldier

DANVILLE – In honor of Army Spc. Justin Penrod, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer has requested that all American flags throughout the city be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday.

"I also request, as a show of support to his family, that all residents display flags, bunting, signs or other forms of patriotism, to denote our appreciation for his willingness to give his life for the freedom of others," Eisenhauer said in a press release.

Josephine Bibb remembered for love for community, kids

DANVILLE – Brenda Demos took time at this week's staff meeting to remember a woman who served the Danville school district through her love of children.

"Every community needs a Josephine," Demos, Danville schools director of food services, told her staff.

Girl dies after falling from bunk bed

TOLONO – Days after her granddaughter died after falling from a bunk bed at a slumber party, Judy Thrower said Taitum Nelson will be dearly missed.

"She just was full of sunshine and laughter. She was so spontaneous; she just was a joy to have around," said Thrower, a Tolono resident. "She was just so full of life that, any minute, I expect to see her come dancing in the room."

Senator's bill aimed at helping injured veterans

CHAMPAIGN – Traumatic brain injuries are the "signature wound" of battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sen. Dick Durbin said on a visit to a wounded Champaign veteran.

The Illinois Democrat was at the house of Sgt. Garrett Anderson, who spent 18 months struggling to get full benefits for his grievous wounds.

'Every day Bryan Ray'

VILLA GROVE – In August 1994, a wide-eyed and excited 3-year-old Bryan Ray began his first day of preschool.

This week Ray, now 15, will start his sophomore year at Villa Grove High School without having missed a single day of attendance since he started that first year.

Candlelight service honors slain soldier

MAHOMET – Next time you want to know how much freedom costs, the Marine veteran said to a group of solemn mourners, go out and look up at the stars in the night sky.

"Sometimes God takes our sharpest and brightest stars," said Bud Hooser, commander of Mahomet American Legion Post 1015.