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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.
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.
From an immigrant couple, Onorato and Mary Pinta Vacketta, have come more than 300 descendants, and on Sunday, a good portion of generations three through seven met at Zamberletti Park for the 75th consecutive Vacketta Family Reunion.
The story of this family reflects that of many immigrant families who came to the area. Onorato first came to the U.S. as a boy, but later returned to Italy, married and started a family. He came back to the U.S. in 1891, leaving his wife and two children and arriving in New Orleans, trying to earn a living in the sugar cane fields.
DANVILLE – The fun and feasting did a lot more than offer city residents free entertainment for a Sunday afternoon – it helped people take one more step toward learning more about each other.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and the Danville Human Relations Committee sponsored the 14th annual Community Day on Sunday. An estimated 500 people attended.
DANVILLE – When Ray Skidmore heard about the candlelight vigil to mark the 1-year anniversary of Reagan Williams' death, he felt compelled to be there.
Skidmore, a lieutenant with the Tilton Fire Department, responded to the 911 call for help at a Tilton home a year ago, and started CPR on a 2 1/2-year-old, who was unconscious. The child was Reagan.
CHAMPAIGN – Here's a quick quiz: Who has the unenviable task of overseeing operations for all the following University of Illinois facilities and programs?
a) The Assembly Hall.
Urbana High School students Johnny and Judy met each other at Vriner's.
The cafe/confectionery was a teenage hangout in downtown Urbana before it made the move to Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – Lead poisoning, food-borne illnesses, radon contamination, West Nile virus ...
For 30 years, it's been Garry Bird's job to keep the unsuspecting people of Champaign-Urbana safe from vile stuff like that, and now he's passing the torch to somebody else.
Carol Reynolds was watching the evening news in her Mahomet home when she saw a familiar name flash across the screen: Pfc. Lucas Starcevich.
She knew exactly how it was spelled and how it felt to form the letters with her pen.
CHAMPAIGN – Jumping rope with a 3-year-old isn't exactly in her job description, but Kathy Ouellette doesn't mind.
In fact, the longtime director of the Center for Women in Transition values her time with clients much more than her official duties running the shelter for homeless women and children.