Life Remembered: St. Malachy priest had impact

RANTOUL – The Rev. Michael J. Bies was only assigned to St. Malachy Catholic Church in Rantoul for a short time, but he made a big impact, said one person who knew him.

The Rev. Bies died last week of cancer, at the rectory of St. Paul Catholic Church, Odell. He was 54.

'Things were already changing' at Danville Catholic schools

DANVILLE – The reorganization of Danville's Catholic school system will not come without pain.

How Danville Catholic schools are preparing for changes

The transition to the Schlarman Academy concept began with the 2010-2011 school year.

Before the school year, a 16-member Schlarman Academy board of trustees was selected, approved by the Pastors' Board and seated.

Catholic schools in Danville told of plans to close Holy Family

DANVILLE – Faculty and staff of Danville's two Catholic grade schools were told Friday morning that preschool through eighth grade classes will be held next school year at the building now housing St. Paul's.

The Holy Family School building will close.

Churches reach out to people facing hardships

Feeling joyful or celebratory at Christmas is not so easy for people who are having emotional or financial difficulties.

Several area churches are recognizing that with a "Blue Christmas" service aimed at those facing hardships at this time of year, including emotional or spiritual concerns such as the death of a loved one, a divorce or the absence of family.

Danville artist takes on church mural project

FLATVILLE – Mike Harper is making the Bible come alive through his art.

The Danville man has painted four murals at Flatville's Immanuel Lutheran Church, depicting Bible scenes. And more murals might be in the offing.

"I'll keep going as long as they want me," Harper said.

Some area Lutheran congregations vote to leave denomination

Three Lutheran congregations in East Central Illinois have left their denomination over the issue of progressive ministry changes, and two more have taken the first of two required votes to leave the same denomination: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Champaign County wants clarification on Provena tax money

URBANA – Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch is asking a Champaign County judge to end the doubt that continues to swirl around millions of dollars in property tax payments made by Provena Covenant Medical Center to local governments.

Daily Bread busier than ever -- and there's talk of expansion

CHAMPAIGN – About 30 people lined up for opening day at the new Daily Bread Soup Kitchen a year ago, then strictly a sandwiches-and-chips operation.