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UPDATE: Vermilion crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

UPDATED AT 12:40 P.M.

BISMARCK — One person was killed and a second injured in a fiery head-on collision Friday morning in Vermilion County.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said the crash happened at 7:45 a.m. on Illinois 1 just south of Vermilion County Road 2820 N, which is about a mile west and north of Bismark.

Clergy Corner, Dec. 14, 2018

It's no wonder that Monsignor STANLEY L. DEPTULA's homilies are so riveting: For a while there, St. Matthew Catholic Church's new pastor thought seriously about becoming a journalist.

Paxton's huge flag likely to be installed on PBL district property

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members directed Superintendent Cliff McClure to work with Fire Chief Denny Kingren to find a suitable location on school district property for the placement of a 150-foot pole that would fly a gigantic American flag.

UI Research Park board weighing sale of two more buildings

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Research Park board met this week to consider the sale of two more buildings.

No action was taken, and Research Park officials declined to comment on what was discussed in the closed session.

New leader of Scouts' Prairielands Council is, well, prepared

CHAMPAIGN — The local Boy Scouts council's new leader can't wait for the day his kid is old enough to join.

Her name is Molly, she's 4 years old and she "looks forward to her involvement with scouting," said Jared White, a supporter of the organization's push to add girls.

Urbana program offering secular alternative for addiction recovery

URBANA — Alcohol and opioid drug addictions ravaged decades of Phillip Eichelberger's adult life.

What helped him on the path to his longest recovery to date was learning to think and feel in a whole new way.

The 54-year-old Eichelberger said he has been sober for just over 16 months, and he's running a recovery group in Urbana to pass along the same program that helped him.

Georgetown WWII vet among state's Bicentennial HONOR 200

GEORGETOWN — A local World War II hero will be honored Saturday as a part of Illinois' bicentennial celebration.

State Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, and the Georgetown American Legion will honor Army veteran Charlie Dukes at 2 p.m. at Dornblaser Post 203, 106 E. West St.

Hoopeston caretaker gets 3 months for hitting disabled older client

URBANA — A Hoopeston man who struck a disabled older man for whom he was a paid caretaker has been sentenced to two years of probation and three months in the county jail.

Danville National Cemetery ready to mark Wreaths Across America Day

When the two semitrailer trucks came up the Interstate 74 exit ramp into Danville, the Patriot Guard Riders were at the ready. As they have always done the past 12 years, the riders — along with Danville police and fire vehicles — solemnly escorted the big rigs, loaded with 457 boxes of wreaths, to Danville National Cemetery for Saturday's 11 a.m. Wreaths Across America Day ceremony.

Area history, Dec. 14, 2018

Today is Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the teachers at Urbana public schools decided to modify the curriculum because so many class days had been canceled due to the influenza epidemic.