URBANA – Most caroling groups sing on the doorstep, take a little money and then go away. That's not the way the Temperley Singers do it.
Following prearranged schedules, they enter the homes of friends and colleagues to sing, traveling at a brisk pace to perform at three places an evening. At each, after singing, they socialize and fortify themselves with refreshments before moving on to the next gig.
URBANA – WILL Radio will return to the old-fashioned days of radio today by broadcasting Nick Schneider's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" twice, both on AM and FM.
The radio adaptation will air at 10:06 a.m. on WILL AM 580 and at noon at WILL FM 90.9. The show runs about 80 minutes.
The Champaign County YMCA's Tree of Warmth is stocked with hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and similar items.
They'll be donated to schools, local charities and "wherever there's a need," said Donna Wright, the YMCA's membership director.
PAXTON – Jeremiah Diedrich didn't have to wonder what he would do with his life when he was growing up. He set his sights on a career at the tender age of 4.
Diedrich, now 28, watched a film on the 1956 deaths of missionary pilot Nate Saint and four other missionaries who were killed by a native tribe in Ecuador and decided that he, too, wanted to be a missionary pilot.
CHAMPAIGN – A group of women who set out to provide Thanksgiving turkeys for needy families raised enough to feed more than 500 people with all the fixings – and a Christmas ham to boot.
On Wednesday, 550 people received a free ham from Salt and Light Ministries, courtesy of a Mahomet Bible study group that spearheaded a fundraising drive earlier this fall.
Local youths are Christmas shopping with local police again this year.
Urbana police's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 will be escorting about 100 youths in the 19th annual Shop with a Cop program Tuesday and Thursday nights.
DANVILLE – Following a recommendation from the Peoria Diocese, Danville's Catholic grade schools and high school will merge in the next 1 1/2 years, local church officials announced this weekend.
Holy Family and St. Paul's, both pre-kindergarten-through-8th-grade schools, will relocate to Schlarman High School. The restructured pre-K-through-12th-grade school, called Schlarman Academy, will open at the start of the 2011-12 school year.
PAXTON – The Evangelical Covenant Church of Paxton has rescheduled its Christmas Bazaar, formerly known as the Lucia Fest, for Dec. 12, so it will not conflict with Natalie Johnson's funeral.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the church.
PAXTON — The Evangelical Covenant Church of Paxton has rescheduled its Christmas Bazaar, formerly known as the Lucia Fest, for Dec. 12, so it will not conflict with Natalie Johnson’s funeral.
DANVILLE – It's not uncommon to hear Schlarman High School students speaking French and Spanish, the foreign languages taught there.