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Westville graduate recovering from war wounds

WESTVILLE – A Westville High graduate and sergeant in the U.S. Army has endured at least two surgeries and faces more after being injured in a grenade attack in Iraq a few weeks ago.

Sgt. Shane Cox, 27, a cavalry scout, must undergo more operations to remove shrapnel from wounds he received in a May 16 attack outside a secured compound in Baghdad, Iraq, according to his father, Gene Cox of Westville.

Mourners pay respects to Danville's first Iraq casualty

DANVILLE – A few of Danville's main streets fell still and silent Wednesday afternoon as Army Spc. Francis Trussel Jr.'s funeral procession passed through the heart of the city and the hearts of those standing along the six-mile route.

Some were acquaintances of the 21-year-old Danville native. But many were strangers moved to show respect for Danville's first casualty of the Iraq war.

Hoopeston salon owner one of 80 Mrs. Illinois America semifinalists

HOOPESTON – Angie Simpson of Hoopeston is a semi-finalist in the 31st Mrs. Illinois America pageant.

The two-day event will take place at the Hemmens Theater of Performing Arts in Elgin on June 29 and 30.

Hoopeston lemonade stand benefits nursing home

HOOPESTON –Three summers ago, 7-year-old Haley Tyrell of Hoopeston stopped by a lemonade stand in Champaign with her mother.

When Haley asked the young vendors what they were going to do with the money they raised, they said they planned to divide it up and keep it.

Urbana native dies in Iraq

URBANA – An Urbana native has died in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Pvt. Robert A. Liggett, 23, died on May 29 in Rustamiyah, Iraq, from injuries suffered in a noncombat-related incident. His death is under investigation, the Defense Department said.

Friends, co-workers recall Pesotum fire chief

PESOTUM – Pesotum residents remember Calvin Woodworth as a generous man who devoted the better part of his life to helping the 521 residents of his home town.

Mr. Woodworth, 62, the longtime Pesotum fire chief and village maintenance and water supervisor, died May 18 following a battle with a rare form of melanoma.

Danville native died in Iraq following family tradition of service

DANVILLE – Family and friends in central Illinois are mourning the loss of Danville native Army Spc. Francis M. Trussel Jr., who was killed in Iraq on Saturday.

Mr. Trussel died in Tahrir, Iraq, from injuries he suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near him, according to the Department of Defense. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas.

Disappearance of Sadorus woman perplexes friends

It's been four days since Naomi Arnette of Sadorus went missing, and her best friend is still waiting for her to call.

Darla Hyatt, a Champaign resident, usually talks to Arnette on the phone at least once a day. The last day they spoke was Sunday, when Arnette said she'd call Hyatt back.

Gifford woman's disappearance still a mystery

GIFFORD – Ten years ago this Saturday, Heather Mullins Zimmerman vanished.

Hundreds of hours of police work have turned up no trace of the 19-year-old Gifford woman, who was last seen when she walked out of her parents' home during the evening hours of May 26, 1997.

'Quint-Essential' documentary debuts

DANVILLE – Second-graders Lance McCoy and Zach Berry asked their mothers lots of questions during Monday night's premiere of "Quint-Essential," a documentary about Danville's newest celebrities, the Ferrill quintuplets.

Lance and Zach may not have understood everything they saw, but both of them were certain about one thing: They wanted to help Pete and Jenny Ferrill and their quintuplets – boys Drayden, Layne and Landyn and girls Irelyn and Kieran.