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.
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.
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.
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.
It's been nearly 31 years since local photographer Dale Dowers received a phone call in the middle of the night from someone asking if he wanted to photograph then-president Gerald Ford.
"I thought he was kidding," Dowers, 77, said.
ST. JOSEPH – When St. Joseph United Methodist Church held its live Nativity procession last month, more than a few tears were shed among the congregation.
"There wasn't a dry eye in church that day," said the church's pastor, the Rev. Mark Harris.
DANVILLE – Jamaica High School student Derek Darr, 18, was listed in good condition late Friday afternoon and basketball teammate Joseph Anthony Horner, 18, returned home this week after being critically injured in a car accident Jan. 10.
Darr, 18, of rural Fairmount, and Horner, 18, of Sidell, were returning to school from an internship at Koehn Motors Inc. when the pickup truck Darr was driving broadsided a grain truck at the intersection of 850 North 800 East Road. The driver of the grain truck was not injured.
ARTHUR – Marty Benard of Arthur had a DJ service for years, working at weddings, class reunions and family parties. And he donated his time to spin tunes at plenty of benefits too, raising money for causes like muscular dystrophy.
Now it's his turn to be the recipient of good will.
TUSCOLA –After 35 years, an Arcola High School graduate and Army soldier is finally getting recognition for the service to his country that took his life in Vietnam.
But that recognition is not coming from the government as family members had hoped.
PAXTON – Before Bob Pence died, he knew exactly how he wanted to be buried – with jazz playing in the background.
So when Mr. Pence died on Jan. 11 at the age of 74, Royce Baier of Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton geared up for a New Orleans-style funeral, complete with a Dixieland band and horse-drawn hearse.