URBANA – Curled up inside his nice warm incubator, Jacob Pickett opens his eyes wide and squirms – all 2 pounds, 15 ounces of him – as his dad reaches in to change his tiny diaper.
Mom is busy at another incubator, changing the diaper of Jacob's brother, Zachary, and in a third incubator draped with a pink blanket, the boys' sister, Katelyn, is sleeping soundly.
RURAL PENFIELD – For those who worked closely with Don Humphrey at the Middle Fork Forest Preserve, they always knew when the first morel mushroom popped out of the ground.
"When it was morel time, that's when Don would shave his beard off," said Kim Cambron of rural Rankin. "We all knew that he'd seen the first morel of the year."
ST. LOUIS – On Friday morning, Jenny Ferrill held one of her newborn quintuplets for the first time.
"For me, it was just very special to see her interact with her new babies," said her husband, Pete Ferrill, who was by her side through the birth, through their first night as parents in a St. Louis hospital and again Friday morning, holding her hand and wheeling her around as they saw each baby, one at a time, in their separate hospital rooms.
ST. LOUIS – It took just 20 minutes for Pete and Jenny Ferrill's family to nearly triple in size Thursday afternoon, with the long-awaited birth of their quintuplets.
At 2 p.m. Thursday in a St. Louis hospital, Jenny Ferrill of Danville underwent a Caesarean section, and at 2:20 p.m. three boys and two girls – none identical – entered the world.
ST. LOUIS – When she's able to sleep, Jenny Ferrill has dreamed about holding her quintuplets.
Thursday, that dream becomes reality.
DANVILLE –Such a large crowd is expected for the funeral Mass for Monsignor Charles B. Motsett on Monday that arrangements have been made to televise the services.
In addition, a special visitation and recitation of the rosary were held Friday for the staff and students of Schlarman High School.
DANVILLE – The Danville community has lost a man considered to be an institution with the quiet passing of Monsignor Charles Bourke Motsett early Monday morning.
Known by most simply as Father Motsett, the Catholic priest spent more than half of his 98 years in Danville and was known throughout the community.
DANVILLE – Her name was Rhonda Baxter.
In September 2005, she was killed on U.S. 136 east of Danville when the motorcycle she and her husband were riding hit a deer.
URBANA – Federal prosecutors have their marching orders, and Rodger Heaton, U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois, agrees with them.
He just wishes he had more soldiers to fight the battles against drugs, guns and corruption.
CHAMPAIGN – The outgoing leader of the United Way of Champaign County will be taking a new job at the agency's counterpart in Chicago.
Tammy Lemke, president and chief executive officer of the United Way since 2003, announced this week she will leave by mid-March to join her husband at a new job in the Chicago area. Eric Lemke has accepted a position with the Schaumburg office of McGladrey & Pullen.