Urbana man hopes for a miracle - a kidney donor

URBANA – On a long list of people waiting for a miracle, Frank Dickerson doesn't know when his turn will come.

Or if it will ever come.

But he can tell you something about what it's like to live on hope, even after another year comes to an end without the one thing he needs most: a new kidney.

Christmas tree collections set for January

Urbana and Champaign, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and Lake Shelbyville will be collecting Christmas trees after the holidays.

In Urbana and Champaign, Christmas tree collections will be done Jan. 4-8 and Jan. 11-15.

Danville to begin its tree pickup Jan. 4

DANVILLE – Christmas may be over, but you may want to keep your live tree up until after New Year's Day, because the city's public works department will begin picking up trees and other holiday greenery on Jan. 4.

City workers will complete the special pickup Jan. 4 through 15, and any remaining yard waste can also be placed out for pickup during that period. No yard waste will be picked up after Jan. 15 until the yard waste program resumes again in the spring.

Snow and cold sending cars spinning

PESOTUM — Saturday’s light snow mist and temperatures below freezing combined to cause several accidents in and around Champaign County.

Life Remembered: Farewell to N-G journalist Becky Mabry

HOMER – Becky Mabry, who loved Elvis, horses, Amish pie and everything else Amish, and especially her family, died Thursday after a courageous 12-year battle with cancer.

Carroll Fire Department earns safety award

URBANA – An area fire department has won an award for its efforts to minimize firefighter injuries and deaths.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs named the Carroll Fire Department as a national award winner for its emergency vehicle safe operations program.

Peer Court offering teens training as attorneys

DANVILLE – Local teenagers interested in a career in law, law enforcement, education, counseling or psychology can get experience as a teen attorney in the Peer Court program, which is offering teen attorney training on Tuesday.

Youth from 13 years old to teenagers in high school are invited to attend the training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison Park Clubhouse, 1300 W. Voorhees St., Danville.

Crime report

Area police report the following crimes:


Mediacom subscribers may lose access WICD-TV

Mediacom subscribers in East Central Illinois could lose access to ABC affiliate WICD-TV on Jan. 1 if the cable company and WICD's owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, can't come to terms.

N-G editor, writer Becky Mabry dies at 60

HOMER – Becky Mabry, who loved Elvis, horses, Amish pie (and everything else Amish) and especially her family, died Thursday after a courageous 12-year battle with cancer.

Visitation for The News-Gazette's features editor will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.