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CHAMPAIGN – It's just the intersection of two Champaign streets – Church and State – at the corner where her church sits, but Austin Cloyd saw the irony there.
"Austin was very interested in politics and social justice and that sort of thing," said her father, Bryan Cloyd. "I can't count the number of times we were going to church on Sunday and she talked about the intersection of Church and State streets. She just thought church and state should be constitutionally independent of each other, that it was just ironic that they intersected at all. It was mentioned many times in the family car."
ANKENY, Iowa – Urbana Fire Chief Rex Mundt has accepted the fire chief's job in Ankeny, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines.
Mundt, fire chief in Urbana for eight years, will start his new duties in Ankeny, a city of about 41,000 residents, on Oct. 1. His last day in Urbana will be Sept. 30.
They met at a Peter, Paul and Mary concert about 40 years ago.
Kevin O'Keefe, then a University of Illinois student, and a friend from his fraternity met up with two women at Ravinia.
URBANA – Squirt bucked like the steer he is as Ryan Willard tackled him with a trimmer.
"He doesn't like having his hair cut," said Emily Willard of Armstrong, who will show the year-old crossbred steer at the Champaign County Fair this week. "He's not usually like that."
URBANA – Jerry Tessin was instrumental in just about everything that had to do with instruments over the last 30 years.
The longtime University of Illinois administrator booked the contract players for concerts at the Assembly Hall and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, performed in a legendary tour of the Soviet Union with the late John Garvey, and shared a stage with Elvis Presley, playing trumpet.
CHAMPAIGN – Fred Smith said about all he could think of when he saw his wife bleeding from the head on the floor of their Champaign home is that it was his fault she fell.
But with the help of his 3-year-old great-grandson Ethan Trail, Smith was able to comfort his wife and keep his head.
A Southern Illinois man who had been listed locally as a missing person is safe in New Orleans.
University of Illinois police Investigator Tove Ghent said the sister of Charles Quinton, 53, reported Tuesday that he was in New Orleans.
Tenor Jerry Hadley was always on – telling jokes, sometimes bad ones. People who knew him called him a magnificent performer, terrific communicator and loyal and upbeat friend. They remain shocked that he resorted to suicide.
The University of Illinois graduate and Illinois native died at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, two days after being taken off life support at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Using an air rifle, the 55-year-old singer had shot himself in the head on July 10 at his home in Clinton Corners, N.Y., causing severe brain damage.
They weren't born triathletes.
In fact, several years ago, they weren't as active as they used to be, and they were a little on the heavy side.
DANVILLE – Almost a year to the day since he returned from active duty with the Army, Vermilion County Animal Shelter Director Shane Boyer has received orders again.
The Westville native and Army reservist leaves in August for another year of duty with the 329th Infantry of the Army Reserve in Fort Benning, Ga., where he will train recruits. Boyer received his orders a week ago.