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Ex-associate dean at UI dies

URBANA – For 35 years, University of Illinois Dean William Alfeld helped train future communicators, all the while fighting technology in his own life.

The associate dean in the College of Communications was an intellectual who graduated from Columbia University, a gourmet cook known for his divinity, a problem-solver for many a mathematically challenged journalist, the keeper of the history of Carrollton, Ill., and the sustaining water source for flowers everywhere.


Speaker uses Till story to inspire teens

CHAMPAIGN – The young people of 50 years ago were integrating the public schools in Little Rock, Ark., and New Orleans. College students risked their lives to register black voters in the South.

They were using their lives to push forward the cause of equal rights for blacks.


Urbana library's associate director considered for top job

URBANA – The longtime associate director of the Urbana Free Library has emerged as the leading candidate to replace retiring Executive Director Fred Schlipf.

The library board held a reception Thursday afternoon for Debra Lissak, 54, the associate director at the Urbana library for the past 23 years. She was scheduled to be interviewed by the library board in executive session Thursday night.


Schlarman pays a lasting tribute to their biggest fan

DANVILLE – Schlarman High School senior Adam Muehl can't think of Monsignor Charles "Bourke" Motsett without cracking a smile.

That's because whenever the beloved priest spoke at high school masses and athletic banquets, he always made the students laugh.


PBL backs boy, family in cancer fight

LODA –The sun beat down on Ryan Coe as he stepped up to bat in a baseball game last August.

But a wild pitch hit him in the elbow. By the time he reached second base, his elbow was sore. And when another batter drove Ryan home, Ryan was struggling for breath as he rounded third base.


Mahomet teen takes home $800,000

MAHOMET – How many 19-year-olds need to find an accountant and financial planner?

Jimmy Fricke of Mahomet finds himself in such a position after bringing home $800,000 from the Aussie Millions Tex-as Hold 'em tournament onJan. 19.


Activist follows convictions in caring for sons, working on social causes

URBANA – Ricky Baldwin isn't afraid to go where his convictions lead him.

When the local political activist and his wife, Catherine Gray, moved to Champaign-Urbana in December 2001 with 4-month-old twin boys in tow, Baldwin had a choice to make.


Quints doing quite nicely

ST. LOUIS – Pete and Jenny Ferrill's baby registry looks like any other except for the "number of items."

High chairs, five; rocking chairs, two; baby pillows, five.


Man honored for saving 4-year-old

WESTVILLE – Terry O'Toole, who described himself as, "just a guy who wanted to help," was honored Thursday for his role in rescuing a child from a burning mobile home.

Representatives of the Westville Area Fire Protection District, the Georgetown Fire Protection District, the Westville Village Board and the Illinois General Assembly were on hand at the Westville fire department's administration building to recognize the 39-year-old Georgetown resident for his heroism.


Volunteer helps patron get emergency medical aid

CHAMPAIGN – Mary Gabb, a health writer, unexpectedly became a hero for a Champaign library patron who had a health emergency earlier this month.

As a volunteer for the Champaign Public Library, she was delivering books to the home of Sara Henkel and went up the back stairs to the third-story apartment on Springfield Avenue on Jan. 12.


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