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Urbana fire chief accepts Iowa job

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.

Lawyer reprising role as Clinton campaign aide

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.

Youths continue tradition, showing off livestock at fair

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."

Ex-administrator legacy for UI, musicians

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.

Three-year-old keeps cool in aiding great-grandma

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.

Missing man playing piano at church in New Orleans

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.

Performer dies after 2 days off life support

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.

Four local men taking to roads, water for charity

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.

Animal shelter director called up for second tour of duty

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.

Missing man last seen on UI campus

URBANA – University of Illinois police are looking for a missing southern Illinois man last seen in Champaign-Urbana late last month.

Police investigator Tove Ghent said Charles Quinton, 53, of Texico, just north of Mount Vernon, had come to the UI with a friend on June 26. A family member told a friend the man suffers from bipolar disorder, police said.