Northwestern adds counselors after student suicides

EVANSTON (AP) — Northwestern University is beefing up its staff at the main counseling center on campus after four students committed suicide this year.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Northwestern is announcing that two new employees will join the school's mental health center, Counseling and Psychological Services, to perform suicide screenings and offer clinical support services.

My Amish Home | Appointments and overcast days galore

"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Champaign deputy police chief turning in his badge after 24 years

CHAMPAIGN — Joe Gallo was doing a ride-along with his friend, Champaign police officer Robb Morris, in 1994 when he helped nab an armed robber.

Then an officer in Lincolnshire, Gallo and his police academy buddy were cruising Green Street through Campustown, about to clock out to enjoy a beverage, when Morris saw a man he believed was a suspect in a recent string of holdups.

Monticello native bringing his musical storytelling to Virginia Theatre

MONTICELLO — Christian musician and fantasy book author Andrew Peterson only spent his first seven years in Monticello, but he still remembers it as idyllic.

Legally Speaking: John Carleton

Late last month, JOHN CARLETON of Tolono put his sheriff's sergeant badge in a drawer to start a new chapter in his life.

The now-retired head of security at the Champaign County Courthouse saw all kinds of people and legal issues from an insider's perspective in his almost 26 years of service.

Fans give UI volleyball team spirited send-off on last leg of epic run

CHAMPAIGN — The year was 1987, and then-Illinois junior and Illini Pride member Thomas Durbin was tasked with creating an "Orange Krush for volleyball."

So Durbin had 50 T-shirts printed, garnered support from a few sponsors, and set up in the Kenney Gym stands behind the opposing team's bench.

This day in history, Dec. 12, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2018. There are 19 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Dec. 12, 2000, George W. Bush became president-elect as a divided U.S. Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for recounts in Florida's contested election.

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Area history, Dec. 12, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the Urbana Women's Club held a party with a Christmas tree and Santa Claus for poor children who otherwise would have no Christmas.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 12, 2018

Start to finish, KAREN WOOD put in 117 hours of work last month on the magnificent gingerbread creation now on the counter at Einstein Bros. Bagels on the corner of University and Lincoln avenues in Urbana.

Meant to resemble the Illini Union — in honor of the UI's 150th birthday — the display has been wowing customers since it went up after Thanksgiving.

Southern roads still dangerous as slush refreezes

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Several Southern states hit hard by a wintry storm were gradually warming Tuesday, but forecasters warned that temperatures in many areas will plunge below freezing again Tuesday night. That will refreeze the melting snow, making some roads treacherous.