Health and Fitness
URBANA — Ray Spooner, the terminally ill nurse midwife who inspired people across America when he set off on a bike ride across the country to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Monday afternoon in hospice care.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Mr. Spooner was pronounced dead at his home at 1:43 p.m. in Urbana. He was 57.
Merlin Anderson is doing a kind of bike tour of the country this year with his tandem bicycle. Although he's done all his cycling in central Illinois, the cyclists who have ridden with him on the tandem have ties to nearly every state in the U.S.
URBANA — After 30-plus years, the days of classroom teachers leading P.E. sessions in Urbana elementary schools may soon be a thing of the past.
DANVILLE — This week, 15 Danville schools students are sharpening their culinary chops at "Cooking for Success," the school district's first culinary camp for Kids.
By Beth Peralta
Tomatoes are starting to pop up in Illinois. Have you tried one yet this season? A tomato always seems to taste better, crisper, and more flavorful when in-season and grown close to home.
URBANA — Health Alliance Medical Plans will drop out of the Medicaid managed care business, at least for Medicaid-only clients, at the end of the year.