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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."

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.

Another delay sought in sale of Champaign County Nursing Home

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URBANA — The sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home may be delayed yet again.

The latest state-imposed deadline to close the transaction expires at the end of this month, but another extension — until April 1 — is being sought from regulators.

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.

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.

OSF HealthCare to raise its minimum wage

PEORIA — OSF HealthCare said will raise its minimum wage systemwide to $12 an hour, effective Feb. 24.

A Catholic Peoria-based system with hospitals and other health services in Urbana and Danville, OSF already pays over the minimum wage in both its states — Illinois and Michigan.

St. Joseph man charged in child porn case

URBANA — A former Monticello schools employee from St. Joseph has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

UPDATE: Philo trustee killed in Indiana crash

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.