Pete and Jenny Ferrill of Danville visit, hold their five newborns

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.

Mom, five newborns fine after Caesarean section

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.

Woman with quintuplets scheduled for Caesarean section

ST. LOUIS – When she's able to sleep, Jenny Ferrill has dreamed about holding her quintuplets.

Thursday, that dream becomes reality.

Large crowd expected for monsignor's funeral Mass

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.

Popular Danville priest dies with friends at his bedside

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.

Motorcycle group makes toy donation in woman's memory

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.

New U.S. attorney ready for battle against criminals, corruption

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.

United Way's president and CEO leaving for job in Chicago

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.

Man helped daughter overcome disability

When Chris Roney wanted to take his six children to a zoo in South Carolina, the managers tried to discourage them from coming.

Raquel, who is paralyzed from the hips down, gets around in a wheelchair. The zoo was not wheelchair accessible, staff told them.

Husband makes digital reprints of wife's artwork for exhibit

CHAMPAIGN – Harold Kauffman's work in agriculture took him and his family to countries like India and the Philippines where he helped rice farmers improve their crops.

His wife, Jean Kauffman, a registered nurse, couldn't work overseas so she immersed herself in the local culture and arts.