Life Remembered: 'She was a very sweet girl, always smiling'

CHAMPAIGN — Bethany Baker had dozens of friends who remember her for her smile.

She lit up the stage at the 2012 Miss Champaign County Fair pageant, where she was a contestant.

Miss Baker, 21, who died in a single-car accident Saturday near Chrisman, was also active in agriculture.

My Amish Home: Nature sure turned up the thermostat

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward ,it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

At war with the beavers

LODA — Wearing rubber boots and armed with a hand-held cultivator tool, Jon Boone ventures out into a heavily forested area just south of the township road that the locals call the Loda Slab.

The 63-year-old, tall, gray-bearded man leads the way through 6-foot-high prairie grass, using his tool to create a path for a trailing reporter.

Area history, June 22, 2016

Today is Wednesday, June 21, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Go figure, June 22, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


What it will run the Champaign Park District to bring in rapper turned minister Kurtis Blow to co-headline August's Taste of Champaign-Urbana with alternative rockers Vertical Horizon ($15,000).

Transit group to honor 'pragmatic visionary' Volk

URBANA — Bill Volk, the managing director at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District for 40 years until 2014, will be inducted in the American Public Transportation Association Awards Hall of Fame in September.

The APTA hall of fame, located in Washington, began in 1983 and includes about 125 individuals.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Rotary award

Marching Illini director Barry Houser was honored by the Rotary Club of Urbana with its Vocational Achievement Award. Houser is responsible for conducting the wind orchestra, the athletic bands and the Marching Illini in addition to teaching marching band procedures and other courses.

Graduation honors

DACC finalist Brauer meets community

DANVILLE — Douglas Brauer's background includes a unique mix of academic and business experience — contract research; global manufacturing and engineering operations; teaching statistics, business, finance and engineering at Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley Community College and Lewis University; and serving as dean of workforce development and community services at Moraine Valley.

Top of the morning June 22, 2016

He was going to cook out with his two sons in Urbana. That alone had Wayne Mammen excited about Sunday afternoon.

"It'd been eons," Wayne said, "since we got together on Father's Day."

It could happen to any parent - including you

In the past few weeks, two families have experienced every parent’s worst nightmare in the most agonizingly public way.

A 3-year-old boy crawls under a barrier into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati zoo, escaping only when the animal is shot to death after repeatedly dragging him around a moat, as his horrified family watched.