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Top of the Morning, Feb. 16, 2019

Teammates of Shiloh sixth-grader Hunter Thompson signed his helmet at last weekend's junior football league banquet.

That helmet will be on the nightstand next to his hospital bed when the 11-year-old undergoes brain and spinal surgery on Monday in Indianapolis.

"It's to encourage him to get better sooner," said Hunter's mom, Natalie Thompson.

UPDATE: I-57 between Rantoul and Paxton back open

UPDATED 7 p.m.:

RANTOUL — Interstate 57 north of Rantoul re-opened shortly before 7 p.m. after state police shut it down briefly to restring power lines, Sgt. James Kleist said.

The lines had been knocked down by a two-vehicle crash with minor injuries, Trooper Joseph Rush said.

UPDATED 6:35 p.m.:

Gun conviction could net Bloomington man 60 years

URBANA — A 33-year-old Bloomington man convicted of possessing a gun in May 2016 could be sentenced to as many as 60 years in prison.

Water main break leads to boil order in Urbana

URBANA — A boil order is in effect  for about 25 customers around the Leal Park neighborhood of Urbana today .

Ford County man pleads not guilty in Minnesota mosque bombing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota, three weeks after two of his alleged accomplices pleaded guilty.

Clergy Corner, Feb. 15, 2019

On the walls of a young JEFF CAITHAMER's bedroom growing up in southern California hung posters of his two heroes. Er, superheroes.

"One of Superman and one of Spider-Man," says the 38-year-old pastor of Champaign's St. John Lutheran. "As I read comic books, I loved the concept of good vs. evil."

Area history, Feb. 15, 2019

Today is Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the hospital rooms at Julia F. Burnham Hospital were all refurnished. In addition, the Young Women's Christian League donated blankets, sheets and towels for the hospital rooms.

Champaign Co. Zoning Board OKs couple's special-use permit for horse stable

URBANA — A rural Pesotum couple plan to start up a horse stable, complete with an indoor arena, southwest of the village.

The Champaign County Zoning Board voted 4 to 0 Thursday night to approve a special-use permit for Fields of Grace Stable, at 683 County Road 100 N, also known as the Parkville Road.

Philo trustee among 3 dead in Indiana pileup

A longtime Philo village trustee was among three people killed this week in a fiery, five-vehicle crash in southern Indiana.

John W. Mumma, 67, had served on the board of the Champaign County village of 1,442 for at least 30 years, said Village President Larry Franks.

"During my time as mayor, I have considered him to be my right-hand man," Franks said.