CHAMPAIGN – A community organizing group in north Champaign will host a food giveaway for needy families Saturday.
About 8,000 pounds of food, enough for approximately 250 families, will be given out from 9 a.m. to noon at the Apostolic Faith Church, 101 E. Bellefontaine St., C., near Market Street.
DANVILLE – The Salvation Army will hold sign-ups for both its Christmas Food Basket program and the Toys For Tots program, shared with the Marine Corps League, from Nov. 3 through 26 at its facility, 855 E. Fairchild St.
Signup times are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, except Nov. 11, when the Salvation Army facility will be closed for Veterans Day.
URBANA – It will be at least early next year before there's any resolution of the case of a Catholic priest from Champaign accused of using and dealing cocaine.
The Rev. Christopher Layden, 33, formerly a resident of the Newman Center on the University of Illinois campus, made his first court appearance Tuesday morning since being charged in Champaign County Circuit Court on Sept. 11 with delivery of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.
Break out those 30-gallon paper yard-waste bags, because Monday marks the beginning of fall yard-waste collection for Champaign and Urbana residents.
Both cities require leaves to be in 30-gallon paper bags, which are available at most local grocery and hardware stores.
CHAMPAIGN – Many people, when they hear organ music, think church, or "Phantom of the Opera," or Bach's familiar Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, which pops up in horror films, video games, rock music and now, cellphone ringtones.
Considered one of the most outstanding organists of his generation, 30-year-old Scott Montgomery instead thinks of the "almost unlimited possibilities of sound" that an organ, even a small one, can produce.
DANVILLE – Kim Padan was eager to become involved in a new event that she hopes will offer an opportunity for people to share their grief.
Padan personally knows what it's like to lose a child and offered to help get the word out about the new candlelight service to commemorate Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
The service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Garden of Innocence Monument in Sunset Memorial Park, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. The monument is directly in from the south entrance to the cemetery and marks the area where babies have been buried over the years.
URBANA – Black men face lots of problems as they grow up – a lack of role models, confusion about their heritage and even suspicion about who they are and what they're doing.
These lead to struggles with school, poor parenting and sometimes even prison time.
ARTHUR – From the cornfields of central Illinois to the cornfields of Sudan.
That's how Anita Henderlight describes her journey from her hometown of Taylorville to southern Sudan, where she works with a nonprofit organization dedicated to building secondary schools there.
CHAMPAIGN – At least one church missionary team got more than it bargained for this summer.
Eighteen adults and teenagers from Meadowbrook Community Church were hit by a typhoon – a tropical cyclone of wind and water.
CHAMPAIGN – A bevy of Jayhawks descended on Champaign County this week, and like the Blues Brothers, they're on a mission from God – sort of.
The youth group from Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kan., is on a weeklong mission to spruce up shelters and generally help out at eight nonprofit agencies in the county. The 60 teens and 30 adults are grouped into eight work teams that rotate to a new site each day.