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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.

Man accused in 2016 neighborhood shoot-up claims police have wrong guy

URBANA — A Bloomington man accused of possessing a gun almost three years ago that prosecutors maintain was used to shoot up a Champaign neighborhood said authorities have the wrong man.

"I know nothing about that incident," Kenneth Williams told the jury hearing about his armed habitual criminal charges.

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.

Carle replaces chief medical officer

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URBANA — Carle Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matthew Gibb stepped down Thursday as a result of a "mutual decision," a hospital spokeswoman told News-Gazette Media.

Coroner's jury rules death in fire a homicide

PAXTON — Ford County authorities will continue to investigate the May 2018 death of an Elliott man after a coroner's jury ruled it was a homicide.

"We have people to talk to and more work to be done," Sheriff Mark Doran said.

Wrestling official considers it 'a pretty high honor' to help lead IHSA tournament's Grand March

CHAMPAIGN — Longtime wrestling official Ron Coit, never one to seek attention, will get plenty of it Saturday night.

The Farmer City native will serve as one of four grand marshals in the Illinois High School Association state wrestling Grand March, which annually precedes the championship matches.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 15, 2019

Champaign's Jo Ellen DeVilbiss liked the Roomful of Pianos concert so much the first time, she went back to a second. And is ready and willing to return in the future.

DeVilbiss, executive director at Champaign's Conservatory of Central Illinois, was one of the select group of musicians invited to participate Jan. 24-27 at Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center.

LIVE! Ohio State

CHAMPAIGN — Ayo Dosunmu hit a clutch three-pointer with 29 seconds to play, helping Illinois win its fourth straight game and clinch its first true road victory of the season 63-56 against Ohio State. 

Seven years in juvenile prison for 14-year-old who stole guns from Rural King

URBANA — A third young man from Rantoul who admitted he stole guns from a Rantoul store has been sentenced to seven years in juvenile prison.

Despite the 14-year-old's declaration that he was ready to change, Judge Heidi Ladd said he hadn't done enough in the last few months to prove that.