Group says child poverty on the rise

URBANA — More than one in five Champaign County kids were living in poverty in 2011, according to the new Kids Count report released this morning.

The county's child poverty rate nearly doubled in 12 years, growing from 12 percent in 1999 to 23 percent in 2011.

The child poverty rate in Vermilion County also grew in that same time span, from 19 percent to 35 percent.

Actor makes his disease work for him: Turner to speak at Carle event

URBANA — The sudden raging hunger and unquenchable thirst, the countless trips to the bathroom day and night.

Even more than 40 years later, actor Jim Turner describes the onset of his Type 1 diabetes when he was a high school junior like a teenage boy's living nightmare.

Team braves wet, cold retracing Shackleton's steps

NICK PERRY,Associated Press

New daughter has Fisher couple 'starting over'

FISHER — Forgive Kevin or Julie Dockham if you hear them humming the John Lennon tune "(Just Like) Starting Over."

For Our Veterans: Mental health nurses offer variety of assistance to vets

By Laurel Hanetho

To begin, I'd like to salute all of our veterans, especially my father, a World War II Army veteran, serving from 1944-46. The following article will highlight opportunities for nurses who specialize in the field of mental health who care for our veterans.

Letter from Birdland: Promise of spring on cold winter day

The wind drives snowflakes almost horizontally across the yard, until they hit a tree, and then dance in circling eddies.

In Birdland, it is bitter cold again.

Was it yesterday that the fog softened our world? The earth squishing under my feet as I carried a scoop of feed out to the chickens? January disguised as late April.

Young leaders

From The News-Gazette's Black History Month 2013 section, published Feb. 10, 2013.

On the Town: Artists Against Aids 2013

Images from Greater Community Aids Project Artists Against Aids 2013 Kick-off event in Champaign on Friday February 1, 2013


Business and professional briefs Feb. 10, 2013

New jobs

Hickory Point Bank adds two. Daniel W. Marker of Savoy has joined Hickory Point Bank & Trust as vice president and sales manager for the bank's residential mortgage lending business.

For the retirees Feb. 10, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.