Conversation with dentist sparked United Way donation

CHAMPAIGN – Over the last four or five years, at least two dozen employees at Jimmy John's have received free dental work courtesy of their boss, founder Jimmy John Liautaud.

Life Remembered: Bernard Alblinger, Ivesdale mayor for 48 years, dies at 87

By CINDY BREWER / For The News-Gazette

IVESDALE – Ivesdale Mayor Bernard Alblinger, who served as the village's mayor for 48 years, has died. He was 87.

Postal carrier trusts unsettled feeling, calls police to scene of attack

URBANA – Darryl Dague thought something must have been wrong at the home of one of his older regulars Monday when he saw that her Saturday mail was still in her mailbox.

"That's not like her. She picks it up every day," Dague said of the 79-year-old woman who lives in the 1500 block of Fairlawn Drive in Urbana.

Champaign native, wounded soldier is Durbin's guest at State of the Union

Sgt. John "Jack" Schumacher said he's never been prouder of his country and his military service, serving as a guest of Sen. Richard Durbin at President Obama's State of the Union speech.

Man hopes to have courthouse named for father, a military and legal pioneer

URBANA – His father was the first black man – and still the only one – elected to a countywide office in Champaign County, may have been the first African-American elected a state's attorney in Illinois history, and later was appointed a U.S. attorney for a large section of downstate Illinois.

Rantoul veteran gets surprise welcome on return from Afghanistan

RANTOUL – When Air Force Staff Sgt. Ben Fox flew in to Willard Airport, Savoy, late last week, coming home following his second stint in Afghanistan, he expected to see his parents, Mark and Joan Gerhart.

They were there to greet him. A few more people were there as well.

When Fox and his parents began to descend to the main floor, Fox received a surprise.

Life Remembered: Stories to tell about Danville storyteller, coach Bob Kay

DANVILLE – There's one less baseball fan and one less movie buff in the world today.

Speaker reminds audience of King's continuing inspiration

DANVILLE – Guest speaker Paul Pitts reminded the audience attending the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration service in Danville that the day celebrated not only the lifetime of King but also his legacy.

King's dream still lives

URBANA – The chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County challenged the people of East Central Illinois to continue to work to make the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream a reality.

2011 Cardinal Caravan

Past and present players for the St. Louis Cardinals meet their fans during a Q&A and autograph sessions at the Round Barn Convention Centre in Champaign, Ill on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. 

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