Firefighters train with new rescue tube

MONTICELLO – Lee Ewers, Bryce Dubson and Jeremy Dunlap worked quietly while wading up to their knees in golden corn.

Lights from Monticello Fire Department's trucks shone on an enormous peak of the grain near the former General Cable building on the outskirts of Monticello in the evening training session.

Benefit set to help woman's seven children

TOLONO – A benefit scheduled for the same day as Naomi Arnette's memorial service will ensure that she – and the seven children she left behind – aren't forgotten.

The benefit, scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at CJ Dane's in Tolono, will follow Mrs. Arnette's visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. and memorial service at 3 p.m., both of which are to take place at the R.E. Franks Center at 112 W. Madison in Philo.

Businessman puts roof over items up for auction

DANVILLE – A local businessman will expand his auctioneering business this week-end with his first in-house auction, featuring a 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and three partial estates.

Don Crist of Crist & Associates Auction & Realty will open the auction floor at 8 a.m. Saturday for customers to register and get their bid numbers, then begin the auction at 10 a.m. The indoor auction site is at the southeast corner of Harrison and Walnut streets, which formerly housed the Butternut Bread Store. Crist's office, also a part of the building, is at 147 N. Walnut St.

Suspicious Loda fires prompt arson investigation

LODA – The state fire marshal's office has joined an investigation into a rash of suspected arson fires around Loda, according to the chief of the Loda Fire Protection District.

Chief David Pruitt said he contacted the fire marshal's office after local firefighters responded to their sixth suspicious fire within a six-day span Friday night, finding a garage on a vacant property in Loda ablaze.

Teen uses Bar Mitzvah money to give school libraries a boost

URBANA – "Now, you are a man."

So go the words told to many a boy on his Bar Mitzvah day, the rite of passage that signifies adulthood in the Jewish world. The boy – or girl if it's a Bat Mitzvah – learns about Judaism and reads in Hebrew from the Torah, the Jewish holy book, in front of family, friends and congregants.

Drum set a hit with Make-A-Wish recipient

HOMER – In Dallas Shaw's world, drums trump doctor's orders every time.

"Music is life," the elated Homer 18-year-old said Saturday after receiving his dream drum set – just like the one Led Zeppelin's drummer used – from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Champaign council looking at Section 8 issue again

CHAMPAIGN – The city council appears poised to eliminate or significantly weaken a provision in the city's human right's ordinance that prohibits discrimination against people who use the federal Section 8 rent subsidies.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in study session at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Two injured in motorcycle accident near Fisher

FISHER – A Lovington man and Fisher woman were injured when the motorcycle they were riding crashed Sunday evening northwest of Fisher.

Brett Franklin, 20, of Lovington and Brittany Buchanan, 22, of Fisher were taken after the accident to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Franklin was listed in serious condition today and Buchanan was listed in fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

UI, Chinese university sharing students, resources

When University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman speaks about Tsinghua University in Beijing, he often mentions its Quad.

After T. Chuang graduated from the University of Illinois School of Architecture in 1914, he went on to design Tsinghua's auditorium.

DACC chief gets input in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON – A little "Coffee & Conversation" made its debut in Hoopeston last Thursday morning.

Danville Area Community College President Alice Jacobs began her journey through the college district to gather information and data of the needs and wants of residents in the district.