DANVILLE — Since Aug. 4, Keon Clark has been locked up in a fourth-floor cell in the Vermilion County Jail, sleeping on a steel bunk that's a foot shorter than his nearly 7-foot-tall frame.
His only glimpse of the outside world has been through the jail windows.
But the former NBA first-round draft pick calls the incarceration "one of the better times of my life."
PAXTON — Counselors are being made available this week at Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools following the unexpected death of a freshman student.
Madison Fuoss, 14, of Paxton, died Saturday in Paxton.
Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace said her death appears to be due to natural causes, but he said he is waiting for toxicology reports and medical records to confirm the cause.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The price of lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing has spiked this holiday season, but other items mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" still cost the same as they did last year.
Carle adds pediatric physician. Dr. Sean Fullan has joined the pediatrics department at Carle.
He received a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
He completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis University, Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis.
For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.
RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.
It was just another odd newspaper coincidence. Exactly 50 years before his obituary appeared in The News-Gazette, Howe Brown wrapped up his coverage of what may have been the trial of the century in Champaign County — or at least one of the trials of the century.
Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood talks with Matthew Peek, 43, of Champaign. He is an associate attorney at Erwin, Martinkus & Cole, Ltd. He handles general litigation, family law, criminal and traffic offenses, personal injury and immigration.
So ... what's new with you?
CHAMPAIGN — The Ebert Foundation headed by Chaz Ebert has pledged to match up to $25,000 gifts made this month toward a life-sized bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert to be installed outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
This world can be a cold, dark and confusing place. One mostly stumbles through the days of his or her life oblivious to his or her true purpose, the entire reason for being.
I, too, felt this way once — lost, adrift, directionless — but now my destiny has been revealed to me in blinding clarity. I have found meaning. I know what I was put here to do; I know what must be done.
Composer Peter Michalove listens to a recording of a string quartet he has written, playing quietly through his laptop's speakers.
He also composed the music on the laptop. In a corner of his study is a piano, in case he wishes to play a few measures. In another corner is his oxygen tank, unconnected. Just outside is one of his cats, Sybil.