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New U.S. attorney ready for battle against criminals, corruption

URBANA – Federal prosecutors have their marching orders, and Rodger Heaton, U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois, agrees with them.

He just wishes he had more soldiers to fight the battles against drugs, guns and corruption.

United Way's president and CEO leaving for job in Chicago

CHAMPAIGN – The outgoing leader of the United Way of Champaign County will be taking a new job at the agency's counterpart in Chicago.

Tammy Lemke, president and chief executive officer of the United Way since 2003, announced this week she will leave by mid-March to join her husband at a new job in the Chicago area. Eric Lemke has accepted a position with the Schaumburg office of McGladrey & Pullen.

Man helped daughter overcome disability

When Chris Roney wanted to take his six children to a zoo in South Carolina, the managers tried to discourage them from coming.

Raquel, who is paralyzed from the hips down, gets around in a wheelchair. The zoo was not wheelchair accessible, staff told them.

Husband makes digital reprints of wife's artwork for exhibit

CHAMPAIGN – Harold Kauffman's work in agriculture took him and his family to countries like India and the Philippines where he helped rice farmers improve their crops.

His wife, Jean Kauffman, a registered nurse, couldn't work overseas so she immersed herself in the local culture and arts.

Georgetown seeking area veterans' names for memorial

Wink Mahoney and his committee are searching out all veterans in the Georgetown area.

Mahoney and five other Georgetown residents are gathering names of veterans of all wars except World War II for an all-other-wars memorial that will be constructed in the town's square.

Injury can't end her journey

After the boulder pierced and crushed her left leg, Miriam Young, pinned between two rocks, lifted her head and looked to the west.

There it was, beyond the heap of black volcanic rock: the Atlantic Ocean.

Officials find gold coin in kettle for third year

CHAMPAIGN – Maj. John Turner uses one word to describe the unknown donor who put a gold coin in a Salvation Army kettle: "generous."

The carefully wrapped coin deposited in a kettle at Urbana's County Market store is, for the third year in a row, a very expensive one, Turner said.

WICD-TV weatherman Page dies at 76

MAHOMET Longtime WICD-TV Channel 15 television personality Keith Page didn't start out to be one of the area's best known TV weathermen.

It was another of Mr. Page's passions magic that got him his start in TV, moonlighting from his regular job teaching drama in the Champaign Unit 4 schools as Marshall Magic, a cowboy magician on WCIA in 1955.