Go figure, Sept. 6, 2018

Go figure, Sept. 6, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:

$1,500

Estimated cost of replacing a metal panel in an elevator at the Illini Union.

The reason: Someone scratched a swastika — about 2 inches in size, says UIPD's PATRICK WADE — into a mirror-like panel.

The vandal is believed to have struck sometime during the Labor Day holiday weekend and was noticed on Monday afternoon by a building services worker.

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Volunteers inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame — including a quartet of selfless locals.

Among the honored:

KATHY MULLINS (Champaign County) for "thinking outside the box and making 4-H fun and exciting for everyone involved." She had a big hand in developing a number of programs, from special interest (or SPIN) clubs to robotics clubs to Operation Military Kids, which benefits children of military members who are deployed overseas.

ROGER WYCOFF (Ford County), the longtime rabbit supervisor of the county fair. He "has guided many 4-H youth in their rabbit projects, learning the important aspects of care, breeding and showing," according to his Hall bio. And "everyone who sees him at the fair appreciates the friendly smile that's always on his face and his willingness to help."

ANNIE and DAVID WINANS (Vermilion County), who've done it all — volunteering as 4-H club leaders, livestock committee members and rabbit show superintendents. "Annie and David enjoyed watching their children learn many lessons through the 4-H program," the Hall said, "and are looking forward to their grandchildren having the same opportunities."

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Entries, as of Wednesday, for next weekend's ninth annual CU Pridefest parade through downtown Champaign.

The parade portion of the three-day festival (Sept. 14-16) kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday.

C-U mayors DEB FEINEN and DIANE MARLIN will share grand marshal duties. They were selected in tandem "to emphasize the local support of the LGBTQ+ community," said NATHAN ALEXANDER, a board member at the UP Center of Champaign County.