Those Who Served | Shrapnel rained down from the trees

CHAMPAIGN — First Lt. Walter McMahon took part in cold, bloody battles in Korea, and left with a Purple Heart — and the scars to show for it.

Later, McMahon taught and researched for about 50 years in the University of Illinois Department of Economics.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2019

Wallace MacClellan is a curious, kind, nature-loving 6-year-old who lives in the fictional coastal town of Snug Harbor.

He's the star of a comic strip now featured in our funny pages (B-6 today), the brainchild of Will Henry, a curious, kind, nature-loving 34-year-old who lives in a real coastal town in Rhode Island.

Two more measles cases confirmed in Champaign County

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CHAMPAIGN — Two additional people have measles in Champaign County.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported the additions on Sunday afternoon.

Two firefighters hurt while battling blaze in south Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Two firefighters were injured battling a blaze Sunday morning on Champaign’s south side.

Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said firefighters were called to a fire in the bathroom ceiling at 214 Charles St. at 5:13 a.m.

When the firefighters arrived, they saw smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story house that had been converted into two separate apartments.

Danville fatal shooting victim identified

URBANA — The Champaign County coroner has identified the man who died of a gunshot wound Saturday.

Duane Northrup said Jermario Webb, 33, of Danville was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m. at the Carle Foundation Hospital intensive care unit in Urbana.

Northrup said Mr. Webb died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.

This day in history, Feb. 17, 2019

Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2019. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Feb. 17, 1864, during the Civil War, the Union ship USS Housatonic was rammed and sunk in Charleston Harbor, S.C., by the Confederate hand-cranked submarine HL Hunley in the first naval attack of its kind; the Hunley also sank.

Events like wrestling tourney help with area's hotel occupancy

With 670 wrestlers in town this weekend, along with their fans, coaches and families, Champaign-Urbana hotels were about as full as they ever get.

"We were sold out," said Tammy Brewer, general manager of TownePlace Suites on Sixth Street in Champaign. "We had a couple cancellations, but they'll definitely sell."

Just Askin' | Rockwell in Champaign

Q: Have Rockwell's Champaign locations closed yet?

A: Not yet, but they're expected to sometime this year.

The company will soon be holding a private job fair with local employers to help the affected employees, according to Carly McCrory, the executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp.

UI employee survived dark days before blood-supply safety

CHAMPAIGN — Two things Jonathan Hill's classmates may have known about him in high school: He was a varsity swimmer and an Eagle Scout.

What hardly anyone knew about Hill back then was he was harboring secrets about his health that he and his family didn't dare share beyond a close, entrusted circle.