Danville doctors take voyage to Antarctica

DANVILLE – Most Midwesterners would opt for a beach vacation in midwinter. But when Danville doctors Surendra and Usha Paruchuri headed south this winter, they skipped over every beach spot in the Western Hemisphere and chose Antarctica instead.

"I'm always interested in going to end-of-the-world places," said Usha Paruchuri, who's a doctor at Veterans Affairs Illiana Healthcare System in Danville. Her husband, Surendra, is a doctor at the Danville Polyclinic.

Man dies after SUV hits his buggy from behind

URBANA – Willis A. Miller, 52, died at 6:33 p.m. Friday at Carle Foundation Hospital in the intensive care unit, said Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

The rural Arthur man had been driving a horse and buggy at about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday when it was hit from behind by a sport utility vehicle driven by Timothy W. Scheffer, 28, of Atwood.

Quints home at last

DANVILLE – At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, it looked like a mid-February block party was brewing near Pete and Jenny Ferrill's house on Meadowlawn Drive.

By 7 p.m., it sounded like a block party.

Third-grader returns after again beating back leukemia

DANVILLE – Sitting in a hospital bed last July hooked up to three IVs, all Jenna McMillin wished for was to feel well enough to go to school.

"I missed my friends," recalled the 8-year-old Danville girl, who at the time was at St. Louis Children's Hospital fighting her second battle against leukemia and awaiting a bone-marrow transplant.

Quints heading home today

ST. LOUIS – The quintuplets are coming home in style today – in a limousine.

"It'll be a good ride. We wanted to do something special," said Pete Ferrill, who will be traveling to St. Louis this morning and returning to Danville along with Jenny and the three boys, Layne, Drayden and Landyn, and the two girls, Kieran and Irelyn.

Hoopeston students mourn teacher, coach

HOOPESTON – At the last boys' basketball game of the season on Friday, players and spectators took a moment of silence to remember a popular Hoopeston Area High School teacher and coach who died suddenly at school that morning.

Danny Park, 55, of Hoopeston, was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. on Friday at Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital's emergency room, after suffering a massive heart attack, Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said.

Season ends for UI's Smith

CHAMPAIGN - Jamar Smith will not play again for Illinois this season, coach Bruce Weber said in a statement this morning.

Meanwhile, there is a chance freshman Brian Carlwell could return to the court for the Big Ten tournament.

Bismarck-Henning students mourn classmate's death

BISMARCK – When Brittaney Allen walked into a room, you could not help but notice her, friends and teachers said Tuesday.

It wasn't only because the 16-year-old Henning girl was tall, attractive and loud at times.

Quintuplet released to her mother's care

ST. LOUIS – Her name means "saint," but right now, quintuplet Kieran Ferrill is a star, according to her doctor at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

"She's been doing a grand job," Dr. Jeff Dawson said on Monday afternoon at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Danville man has a passion for the pyramids

DANVILLE – By day, Chris Dunn runs the human resources department at Danville Metal Stamping.

By night, the British-born Danville man strives to solve mysteries of the Egyptian pyramids.