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Balloons Over Vermilion student ambassadors offer up their design ideas

DANVILLE — When Michelle Esteppe's third-graders at Danville's Southwest Elementary School were asked to imagine they were hot-air balloon pilots and design their own balloons, Kodie Barnes didn't have to think too hard.

The 8-year-old drew the signal used to summon his favorite superhero, Batman, on a sky-blue background.

For the retirees, March 17-24, 2019

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Top of the Morning, March 17, 2019

No matter how many times cancer takes a swipe at him, Andrew Cotner keeps punching back.

"You have a choice to make," Cotner said. "I felt like being positive was the right direction for me to go."

Religion calendar, March 15-22, 2019

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Self-defense class for women set April 6 at Danville martial-arts facility

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County State's Attorney's Office and Kruger's ATA Martial Arts are teaming up to hold a free self-defense class for women.

The interactive self-defense learning experience will be held at 3 p.m. April 6 at Kruger's martial-arts facility, 440 N. Walnut St.

Top of the Morning, March 14, 2019

No one belts out the national anthem quite like JIM CORNELISON. Hear for yourself at the fundraising Gottheil Cup on March 30 at the University of Illinois Ice Arena.

It's the second consecutive year that the man who revs up Blackhawks fans at United Center will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before four fraternities take to the ice for a good cause.

Children's Advocacy Center's 'Blue Kids' to reappear in April

URBANA — Blue silhouettes of children will be reappearing in April outside businesses, homes and other places in Champaign County.

The county's Children's Advocacy Center places the "Blue Kids" as annual reminders of the unknown children who have suffered as a result of child abuse or neglect.

Danville library, Rossville store teaming up to ensure prom dresses for all

DANVILLE — For many young people, prom is rite of passage. But for some, buying a fancy dress is out of reach.

That's why the Danville Public Library is hosting its first "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" event — to provide local students with a dress at no cost.

'Come Home to Krannert Center' anniversary event set for April 12-14

URBANA — "Come Home to Krannert Center," an event-packed weekend commemorating the opening of the University of Illinois' performing-arts center, will be held April 12-14.

Krannert opened in April 1969, and the weekend is planned to be a centerpiece of the center's two-season 50th anniversary festivities.

Top of the Morning, March 9, 2019

The third installment of our "Small Towns, Big Deals" series publishes Sunday. Our latest stop: DeLand (pop: 450), where the water tower's new and the school's really small.

Fielding athletic teams at a school the size of DeLand-Weldon can be tricky.