— Our area's representative at the Special Olympics World Games is enjoying her time in Los Angeles.
Competing in a relay, 800 meters and shot put, 21-year-old Gillian Dabrowski told her mom that the "rooms and food are great" at Team USA's home base on the campus of USC. Dabrowski's final event is Saturday followed by closing ceremonies on Sunday and a return to Champaign on Monday.
The latest "Story Behind The Photo" comes courtesy Heather Coit, whose striking A-1 image of a "miracle horse" named Blondie resulted in considerable feedback from our readers:
During photo shoots, I don't always have time to stay for the interview but I'm glad I was able to listen to Sandy and Rex Bradfield share their story of how they fell in love with Blondie.
LISTEN IN: Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to join radio personality Brian Barnhart at 9:15 a.m. today for about a 10-minute interview on WDWS 1400-AM.
Barnhart wasn't sure of the response he'd get when he pitched the idea to the governor's camp. "It's always a long shot," he said. "Their time is pretty limited."
Bill Peithmann's pride and joy — a flag touting the Mahomet Area Youth Club — is tucked away in a plastic bag in his dresser. It needs the rest.
Last week, the 61-year-old Mahomet lawyer planted the flag atop Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. He reached the summit alongside his 18-year-old stepson, recent Mahomet-Seymour grad Logan McCann.
For Debbie Deremiah, the rigmarole of moving a one-room schoolhouse from Rantoul to Penfield was definitely worth it.
The cost (about $11,000), the traffic ("it took up the whole road," she said), the time (an eight-hour drive on country roads) ... members of the I&I Antique Tractor Club would do it again in a jiffy.
We devoted the cover of today's e3 to Saturday's wildly popular demolition derby at the Champaign County Fair.
Meanwhile, Champaign County Fair president Mike Kobel devoted much of his office to the 19 humongous trophies that will be handed out this weekend. "Each year the purses go up and the trophies get bigger," he said.
The kids from Champaign's First String got more than a trophy for participating in Little League baseball this season.
In what has become an annual highlight for the boys and girls in the Douglass Park area, a charter bus and caravan of cars whisked players and their parents to a White Sox game in Chicago.
A week from today, Cunningham Children's Home will celebrate 120 years of service by welcoming back alumni of all ages.
That includes 89-year-old Don Pittman of Loda, who owns a never-to-be-broken record: Youngest to milk a cow at Cunningham.
"I was 7," he said, "and they did away with the cows shortly after I left. So it's my record."