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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 –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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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.
A memorial will be dedicated in honor of a Henning native who was a staff member at Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul.
The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Henning's town park.
By day, Sue Campbell is secretary for the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce. On weekends, she's the Rantoul Rocket, a legend in the drag racing world.
Little girls and boys run to get her autograph. They can buy two different miniatures of the car she races, a 1941 Willys.