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Church to hold first service as independent congregation

CHAMPAIGN — After five years of meeting as a satellite congregation, Copper Creek Church will celebrate its first service as an independent congregation Sunday.

The church, established as an offshoot of First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, meets for worship Sunday mornings at Barkstall Elementary School, 2201 Hallbeck Drive, in southwest Champaign.

Less than a year after fire, church in its new home

CHAMPAIGN — After a fire last year in the church they rented, the Midwest Believers Church found room at the inn.

It was the Holiday Inn in Urbana, where they spent four months. But on Aug. 5, a new church was dedicated in Champaign.

New principal ready to go at St. Thomas More

CHAMPAIGN — The new principal of The High School of St. Thomas More said he's in it for the long term.

Ryan Bustle, who recently started his new job at the Champaign Catholic high school, said he's looking forward to finding ways to improve the school, and to getting acquainted with parents and students.

"I want to do the best job that I can for as long as I can," Bustle said.

Head of local Sikh group says shooting should be call to action

The leader of a Sikh organization at the University of Illinois said Sunday's temple shooting in Wisconsin shows how important it is to raise awareness about religious beliefs.

More than 100 guns brought to buyback

CHAMPAIGN — Sherry Rogers knows what guns can do to a family.

Her cousin, 20-year-old Desirae Austin, was shot and killed at the corner of Thornton Drive and Cruising Lane on July 4. Austin was a mother, a sister and a cousin, Rogers said.

"This should have never happened," she said.

Giveaway of school supplies planned

CHAMPAIGN — Local churches will give away more than 900 backpacks stuffed with school supplies and other items to families in need on Aug. 4 at Salt and Light, 1512 W. Anthony Drive, C.

The free items are part of the 10th annual Family Resource Day held by the Christian Mercy and Justice Network, a ministry of local churches.

The event will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Church groundbreaking set for Sunday in Champaign

     A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this weekend for a new church on the north side of Champaign.

     A new Church of The Living God will be built at the corner of Fourth Street and Bradley Avenue to replace the existing facility.

Principal picked for Catholic school

CHAMPAIGN — The High School of St. Thomas More has hired an educator from the Peoria area to be its new principal.

Chinese pastor recalls persecution for printing Bibles

RANTOUL — John Stone can barely speak a word of English, but he delivers a powerful message.

Choice for St. Thomas More principal decides to stay at Mahomet

CHAMPAIGN — The administrator expected to be The High School of St. Thomas More’s next principal has decided to keep his current job in the Mahomet-Seymour School District.