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Heritage students are Broadlands Festival's big winners

BROADLANDS — Saturday's annual Broadlands Festival will offer numerous chances for attendees to help raise money for Heritage students.

The Heritage Performing Arts program will put on a 5K race during the festival, with participants starting at the high school, then running through town and into the country before finishing back at the school.

Go figure, Sept. 6, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:


Estimated cost of replacing a metal panel in an elevator at the Illini Union.

The reason: Someone scratched a swastika — about 2 inches in size, says UIPD's PATRICK WADE — into a mirror-like panel.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 6, 2018

Meadowbrook Community Church in Champaign is opening its doors for a Miss America watch party on Sunday night.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 3, 2018

It's a big week around the News-Gazette Media radio studios. A few of the highlights:

— On Wednesday, for the 19th year in a row, we'll be teaming up with the Blossom Basket Florist for Good Neighbor Day.

Rep. Davis challenger Londrigan to host town hall Thursday on UI campus

URBANA — Democratic candidate for Congress Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announced on Sunday she will hold a town hall event this week on the University of Illinois campus.

The 14-county series began in July and has included Macoupin, Greene, DeWitt, Christian, Macon, Calhoun, Piatt, Jersey and Montgomery counties so far.

Obama's visit: 22,611 students signed up for 1,300 seats

It's safe to say that 11 a.m. classes at the University of Illinois next Friday — and there are 433 of them — might have a few empty seats.

That's when former President Barack Obama will be on campus, speaking to just over 1,000 students at Foellinger Auditorium, an address that will be live-streamed online to thousands more.

For the retirees, Sept. 2-9, 2018

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.

Clear bags now rule at Memorial Stadium, State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — Clear bag or no bag at all.

That's the rule for both Illini football games and events at State Farm Center.

But at least if you're a season ticket holder, you're getting a voucher for a free bag.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 1, 2018

There will be some groggy Champaign Central and Centennial alums at Tommy Stewart Field this morning.

But don't expect to hear any complaints from either Class of '68, in town to celebrate their combined 50th reunion.

"The most disruptive thing," committee member Tim Morrow said, "is the loss of life. We don't want to lose focus on that. It's so sad to see, it's heartbreaking."

Weekend Top 10, Aug. 31, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

It is the Olympics of cheese eating!

Top cheese eaters from around the USA will be competing in the National Cheese Eating Championships at 1 p.m. Saturday in the main cheese tent at the Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival.