SAVOY – On Sept. 14, a 67-year-old St. Louis man was flying home alone in his Piper Seneca III when the plane went into a nose dive at 2,800 feet per minute.
It took all of Willard Nickisch's strength to pull out of that 15-second descent, which had brought him down to 5,000 feet above central Illinois, just after noon.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.