CHAMPAIGN – Staff Sgt. Sean Caddy doesn't waste his free time while serving in Iraq.
The Champaign native has written a novel, "9 Deceiving Faces," and created a hip-hop album with military overtones. He's trying to market them both, which isn't easy for a guy who has six months to go in Iraq.
CHAMPAIGN – A veteran Champaign attorney known as an aggressive advocate for his clients, especially in divorce cases, is also being remembered as a softie with a great legal mind and an even better sense of humor.
Arthur "Art" Lerner, 71, of Dewey, died early Saturday from complications from Crohn's disease, according to his son Scott, who practiced law with him in Champaign.
When Imani Bazzell went to Africa recently, it was for work.
But the trip was also a spiritual journey for her as she walked the same path slaves once did.
URBANA – It was 1977, and Paul Lauterbur was taking images of green peppers with a new type of imaging technology.
He was puzzled.
One of the images showed a sort of "fuzziness" growing inside the pepper, recalled Mr. Lauterbur's wife, Joan Dawson.
That fuzziness turned out to be a tumor.
Today, 30 years later, doctors around the world are using the technology Mr. Lauterbur pioneered – magnetic resonance imaging – to detect diseases such as cancer in humans and animals.
GIBSON CITY – Music educator and director Willie T. Summerville of Urbana tried to urge a more dramatic sound from his group of singers Sunday.
"You're telling a story and you've got to keep the people interested," Summerville told them. "Give me that trillion-dollar sound again."
Tyler Fitch said he and his wife, Marianne Downey, knew they had found the house they wanted the moment they first walked in.
Newlyweds at the time, the couple were on their way to look at another house three years ago when they saw a "For sale by owner" sign in the yard of a smaller, wood-frame house at 503 E. California Ave. in east Urbana.
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Scott Johnson and Mike Murphy were vacationing with their families on a Florida beach when they heard the calls for help.
The two Urbana men and their wives and children were on a beach on the Gulf coast along the Florida Panhandle, late on Thursday afternoon, when a woman and a girl began screaming for help from the water, said Scott McCartney of Urbana, the brother-in-law of both men.
CHAMPAIGN – According to Army doctors, Garrett Anderson has "shrapnel wounds, all over body."
But the Champaign man found out last week from the Department of Veterans Affairs that the wounds "aren't related to your military service."
URBANA – Lisa Bell, an Urbana dental hygienist who founded a groundbreaking dental access program for needy children, has accepted a state job in Madison, Wis.
Her program, Central Illinois Dental Education and Services, will continue under new leadership, according to Claudia Lennhoff, a board member with the organization.
DANVILLE – When Steve Luke heard that 2 1/2-year-old Reagan Williams was shaken to death last July, he wanted to do something to help.
After all, he knew the toddler's grandfather, Greg Williams, from when they were kids and from working together at Danville High School, where Williams taught English.