Clergy Corner, Sept. 15, 2017

If you happen to bump into the new senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Savoy, we highly recommend asking him to tell a story.

The Rev. CHUCK MOORE — Marilyn's Pittsburgh Steelers-loving husband of 40 years — has lived the kind of life that makes for plenty of rich Sunday-sermon material. Such as ...

CU Fresh Start officials: 'Look out for your neighbors'

CHAMPAIGN — Before the CU Fresh Start initiative to curb gun violence releases new data analysis and survey results next week, the program's leaders hosted a public forum Thursday and encouraged the community to act as brothers' keepers toward one another.

Area history, Sept. 15, 2017

Today is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, James M. Cox, governor of Ohio, was united in marriage with Miss Margaretta Blair of Elmhurst in a ceremony at the bride's family home. Cox was the owner and editor of the Dayton and Springfield, Ohio, Daily News and was re-elected the previous fall.

This day in history, Sept. 15, 2017

Today is Friday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2017. There are 107 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Sept. 15, 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses upon the Luftwaffe.

On this date

In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 15, 2017

On Thursday's "Penny For Your Thoughts" radio show with Jim Turpin, 51-year News-Gazette columnist LOREN TATE announced he will no longer be writing four columns per week for the newspaper.

Coat the Community coat drive set Oct. 7 in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Those old coats you no longer wear can keep somebody else warm this winter.

Donations of clean coats for adults and children are being sought for the 14th annual Coat the Community coat drive, set for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 at the Keller Williams Realty Office parking lot, 2441 Village Green Place, C.

Urbana man gets 4.5 years after admitting to home break-in, having gun

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted his role in separate crimes involving guns and breaking into other people's homes has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison.

Victor Hunt, 20, who listed an address in the 1200 block of West Beslin Street, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Heidi Ladd to residential burglary and unlawful use of weapon by a felon.

UI police seek man in use of debit cards stolen from student group

URBANA — University of Illinois police are seeking help from the public to find a man who is thought to have used debit cards stolen from a student organization in August.

Police have security-camera images from the ATM at the Busey Bank location at 201 W. Main St., U, that show a person withdrawing money with the stolen cards on three separate days — June 18, 20 and 22.

Danville school board votes to put food director on unpaid leave

DANVILLE — A Danville schools director has been removed from his job.

The school board on Wednesday night voted unanimously to put Greg Lazzell, the food-services director for the past six-plus years, on unpaid leave.

When asked why, board President Bill Dobbles and Superintendent Alicia Geddis declined to comment, saying it's a personnel matter.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Sports aside, restaurateur lives on front lines

RANTOUL — Eight years ago, when he was selecting sport management as his major at the University of Illinois, Patrick Wampler figured by September 2017, he might be on the fast track to rising up the ranks in the front offices of the Chicago Bears or, better yet, his beloved Cubs.

"A coach or a general manager or something involving sports," Wampler said.