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Brian's story: Youngster's family finds a life of joy

If you want to know Brian Welch, it helps to know cars. At 7, Brian climbed behind the wheel of his mom's minivan and somehow got the car into gear. The car rolled backward, and Brian realized something important.

He didn't know how to drive.

TLC holding advance screening of first episode on quints

DANVILLE – Two hours before the rest of the nation, Danville-area viewers will get a sneak peak Monday at the first episode of The Learning Channel's documentary on the Ferrill Five.

The show, "Quint-essential" will air at 8 p.m. CDT Monday on TLC, but at 6 p.m. CDT, TLC is inviting the community to an advance screening of the first episode at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St. in Danville.

ROTC grad gives brother first salute

University of Illinois senior and Army ROTC Cadet Battalion Commander Matthew Ewing hoped his brother Michael would be at the UI over the weekend and on Monday for his graduation and commissioning.

But Michael's business kept him on the road – in Iraq, where he's a Marine corporal, based at Camp Al Asad air base.

Third-time grad wants to pass on wisdom to Latin learners

"Linah, can you sharpen four pencils for me?

"And I need an eraser."

Her dark skirt swishing, Kay Suleiman hustles across the wooden floor in stockinged feet, from the sunny kitchen where she measured out Pepto Bismol for her son Omar to the hallway.

Bismarck woman has helped nurture her thriving family tree

Evelyn Brown loves to sit and rock on her little front porch on Maiden Street in Bismarck. She will shoot the breeze with a neighbor and watch as the action in her little corner of the world unfolds.

The bench and two rockers were a Mother's Day gift from her children several years ago.

Champaign man gets message from beyond

Sixty-three years after a B-17 bomber crashed into the North Sea, a piece of the plane washed up on the beach.

It was a stunning moment for Michael Darter of Champaign, who was there for a memorial service for his brother, who had been on the plane and died in the frigid waters.

On May 3, Darter was in Holland, where a memorial was erected for his brother, the radio officer on the plane, missing in action since 1943.

Rantoul man gets to 'come on down'

RANTOUL – Roger Buchholz had dreamed for years of being a contestant on "The Price is Right." Now, scratch one item off the dream to-do list.

The Rantoul man got to meet host Bob Barker and vie for big prizes on the game show during a recent visit to California to see his daughter.

One of Allerton woman's parents killed in Kansas tornado

ALLERTON – Parents of an Allerton woman were victims of the Kansas tornadoes that struck last weekend.

Lynn Podoll, minister of Immanuel Lutheran Church at Broadlands, said member Vicki Luth's father, Alexander Giles, was one of the 11 people killed by the massive storm, one of two outside the hard-hit city of Greensburg to die. Luth's mother, Bunny Giles, was injured, he said.

Historic preservation effort recognized

DANVILLE – Mark Denman went to a recent conference in Bloomington to see a colleague accept a prestigious award.

He didn't realize he would go home with one, too.

Professor emeritus still making a racket

Phil Dziuk's never been one to beat around the bush, especially when science is at the heart of the discussion.

"I haven't taken the popular approach," said Dziuk, 81, who spent his 30-year career at the University of Illinois making discoveries and perfecting techniques that changed animal science and the science of genetics and reproductive physiology. "I'd rather be right than popular."