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.

Muslim student aims to dispel misconceptions

CHAMPAIGN – Yousif Radeef's mission at Parkland College and in the community is to show by example how Muslims want to live in peace with their neighbors.

Radeef, 19, who was born in Baghdad, said he has encountered discrimination since he came to Champaign with his family in 2004, and he said those experiences made him even more determined to give the Muslim community a positive image.

18-year trustee plans exit from DACC board

DANVILLE – A longtime Danville Area Community College trustee will step down in April after 18 years of service.

Dr. Jon Satterwhite said he will not seek a fourth six-year term on the board in the April 17 election.

Firefighters, jail workers assisting co-worker

PESOTUM – Jim Black has spent much of his life battling fires with the Pesotum Fire Department. Now the 41-year-old is in the midst of his biggest battle of all – against cancer. Firefighters from five southern Champaign County communities and employees at the Champaign County Jail are organizing a benefit to help Black, who is undergoing treatment at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.

The benefit chili supper will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Patrick's Church Hall, 212 E. Washington St., Tolono.