Camp helps kids, teens deal with grief

CHAMPAIGN — Javin Coleman's grandmother taught him how to cook, watched him play computer games and took him camping.

She was always there when he needed her, and when she passed away in April, the last thing he wanted to do was go to a one-day camp and share his grief with other kids.

Until he got there.

Tips for helping with grief

Tips for grieving children and families:

1. Explain what "grieving" is to your child. Let them know that all the different feelings in their heart, head and body are parts of grieving, and they are normal and part of the process.

2. Remember that every child grieves in a unique way, based on age, development and experience.

Man charged with burglary, sex crimes, DUI

URBANA — A maintenance worker for an Urbana apartment complex has been charged with entering an apartment early Friday and inappropriately touching a resident as she slept.

Urbana police: Teen missing since August

URBANA — The Urbana police department needs help finding a teen who's been missing from his home for more than a month.

Montel V. Aker, 19, was last seen on Aug. 13. He left his home on Division Avenue in Urbana, telling his mother he was going to visit friends, possibly in Rantoul.

Woman sentenced to probation in Strawberry Fields incident

URBANA — A Champaign County judge has sentenced a woman convicted of aggravated battery for slugging a health foods store employee to two years of probation.

Fingerprints on DVD lead to arson charge

URBANA — An Urbana man's fingerprints on his neighbor's property led to him being charged with entering and setting fire to the man's home in southeast Urbana in July.

Text of president's speech on education

Here is a transcript of remakrs by President Obama on No Child Left Behind and education, at the White House on Sept. 23, 2011.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Well, welcome to the White House, everybody.  I see a whole bunch of people who are interested in education, and we are grateful for all the work that you do each and every day.

UI's Brilliant Futures Campaign surpasses goal

The University of Illinois' Brilliant Futures Campaign has surpassed its $2.25 billion goal — four months before the campaign's Dec. 31 conclusion.

As of Aug. 31, the UI has gifts and commitments totaling $2.267 billion for its three campuses.

Toys for Troops seeks help with fund-raiser

CHAMPAIGN — A group that supports troops serving abroad is looking for volunteers for a fund-raiser.

The Toys for Troops spaghetti dinner will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Esquire, 106 N. Walnut St. C.

Spaghetti will be provided by Minneci's Italian Ristorante, and there will be music by ThreeBird Acoustic Trio

Bement man admits sexual assault of child

MONTICELLO — A Bement man who admitted engaging in sex acts with a young girl in his care faces a lengthy prison term when he is sentenced later this fall.