Life Remembered: Judge Bryan a 'breath of fresh air'

CLINTON — Colleagues are mourning the death of a DeWitt County judge whose judicial career was brutally interrupted by cancer not long after it had begun.

Still, Garry Bryan, 60, of Clinton, is being remembered as a hard-working and kind-hearted man who carried on nobly while ill.

Softball toss no small feat for Army vet

DANVILLE — Nearly 11 years have passed since that awful day in Iraq, when the Humvee carrying Jason Wills was hit by two rocket-propelled grenades, sending shrapnel all through the left side of the Oakwood native's body, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury and changing his life forever.

The doctors in Germany said he wouldn't make it. But he did.

Democrat drops from clerk race

CHAMPAIGN — Wayne Williams dropped out of the race to be the Democratic nominee for Champaign County clerk on Friday, leaving his party without a candidate in the race that county chairman Al Klein earlier had proclaimed was "job one."

From the time that Williams, of Champaign, was named the candidate in June there were persistent rumors that it was only temporary.

Fundraising feat could carry slight health risk

CHAMPAIGN — It's fun, and doing something to help fight a debilitating and invariably fatal disease. But is dumping a bucket of icy water over your head safe for everyone?

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising campaign for the ALS Association that's exploded via social media, has raised $53.3 million as of Friday, the organization said.

Third-party 13th District candidate removed from ballot

SPRINGFIELD — Third-party candidate Josh Dill of Springfield had his name removed from the 13th Congressional District ballot Friday by the State Board of Elections.

Ex-clerk appealing $2,150 fine

SPRINGFIELD — Former Champaign County Circuit Clerk Linda Frank is appealing a $2,150 fine levied against her election campaign committee by the State Board of Elections.

The fine is the result of campaign disclosure reports that were filed late.

Jamaica board OKs one-year union contract

SIDELL — School officials approved a one-year contract with members of the Jamaica Education Association that will give most members a 2.5 percent salary increase.

This day in history: Aug. 23, 2014

Today is Saturday, August 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 23, 1914, Japan declared war against Germany in World War I.

On this date:

In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason.

Bement approves golf cart ordinance

BEMENT — Golf carts are officially coming to Bement streets.

With the state now allowing carts to cross some state highways, the village board has approved a golf cart ordinance — just one year after tabling the issue.

"State says no, the answer is no. State says yes, the answer is yes," board member Robert Stevens Jr. said.

Georgetown mayor repays city for workers' time

GEORGETOWN — Mayor Kay Sanders has repaid the city for the four work hours that city employees spent power-washing a privately owned building, the city treasurer said.