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New CEO takes over as Prairie Center faces state budget challenges

CHAMPAIGN — It was having a family member with an addiction problem that first drew Gail Raney to apply for a part-time job at the Prairie Center, she recalled.

Some 15 years later, Raney is the new CEO of the nonprofit substance abuse treatment agency as it continues to face the challenge of serving hundreds at its three locations after many months without state payments.

This day in history, Feb. 6, 2016

Today is Saturday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2016. There are 329 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.

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Area history, Feb. 6, 2016

Today is Friday, Feb. 6, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Bob Swisher: My only habit: Accumulating stuff

In this week's issue of Antique Week, there is a column by Harry Rinker on his current efforts to downsize. He is in his mid-70s, and a friend figured out that at the rate he is reducing his assets, he would have to live to 120 years old to complete his quest.

Top of the morning, Feb. 6, 2016

To research his recently released book — "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" — EIU journalism prof Joe Gisondi accompanied search parties as they canvassed woods, swamps and parks for the hairy giant.

No luck.

"I want to believe," he said, "but like any journalist I need the evidence."

Weekend planner: A flick of the wrist for charity

The fifth Disc Golf Ice Bowl takes place Saturday at Dodds Park in Champaign. The emphasis is on fun and charity rather than competition, says organizer Wilbur Wallisof the nonprofit Champaign County Disc Golf Club, which organizes recreational play year-round at the area's three courses. Saturday's Ice Bowl will raise money for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Restoration of house may bring Dick Van Dyke back home

DANVILLE — Dick Van Dyke may return to his hometown in the late spring or early summer for an event connected with the restoration of his childhood home and the launch of a local foundation for the performing arts.

Rantoul church gets interim pastor

RANTOUL — Tim Hubert, interim pastor at Rantoul's American Lutheran Church, has served in pastorates in several states. This area of the country is special to him.

Born in North Dakota, Hubert grew up in Michigan and has served in parishes in South Dakota, Iowa and two in the metro Chicago area — Westchester and Itasca. And from 2001-07, he served as pastor in Royal.

This day in history, Feb. 5, 2016

Today is Friday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2016. There are 330 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 5, 1811, George, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, Britain's King George III.

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Area history, Feb. 5, 2016

Today is Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: