CHAMPAIGN – Champaign's first black police officer will be formally recognized Tuesday when a portion of Park Street will be named "Allen Rivers Sr. Street."
An honorary street sign will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday during a ceremony at the corner of Fourth and Park streets in north Champaign. Park Street from Fourth to Wright streets will receive the honorary designation. The Rivers family lived in a house in the 400 block of East Park Street, Mayor Jerry Schweighart said.
CATLIN – Volunteering runs in the Smoot family.
Ron Smoot will take center stage June 4 as the Catlin Citizen of the Year, not long after his wife, Kay, got the Girl Scouts' Women of Distinction honor. Ron Smoot's award is presented by the Catlin Lions Club.
Champaign and Rantoul police will again scale doughnut shops to help area Special Olympics athletes.
In Champaign, officers and local celebrities will participate in the annual Cop on Top fundraiser at Dunkin Donuts, 515 S. Neil St., C, from 6 a.m. to noon Friday. In Rantoul, the event will be from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the Dunkin Donuts at 402 S. Century Boulevard.
TILTON – About 15 years ago, Lane Baldwin and his then-wife found themselves struggling to put food on the table.
They had moved from northern Virginia to central Texas, where Baldwin hoped to continue working as a business consultant. But landing work wasn't as easy as he had hoped it would be.
URBANA – James Kelly gave to his country in the form of service as a Marine at Iwo Jima, so it's only fair he gets a little back.
At 87, the Urbana man plans to take advantage of a free trip to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans.
Tuition isn't on the agenda for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, but it's looking more and more like UI students will get a break next fall.
Tuition would normally be on the May agenda; the trustees meet Thursday in Chicago.
DANVILLE – People can start their Memorial Day celebrations a few days early by attending Danville High School's 13th annual Salute to Veterans concert.
The concert is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St., Danville. It is free and open to the public.
PENFIELD – It has been five months since Mike and Michele Babb and Zach Acton lost the No. 1 girl in their lives.
But in the time since Brittany Babb's death, her parents and her fiance have mobilized their grief into helping others.
PAXTON – Tom Meents tried to keep his newest stunt close to the vest.
But when the firetrucks, police cars and ambulances drove onto his property on an early March afternoon, hundreds of curious Paxton residents flocked to the scene to see what the monster truck daredevil was up to this time.
"Every time somebody hears a truck out here and sees it moving, they know something's going to happen," Meents said.
The snooping spectators witnessed a spectacle. Meents, an eight-time Monster Jam World Champion, kicked his 10,000-pound vehicle, named Maximum Destruction, into full throttle. The truck, 22 feet long and 10 feet high, rammed into a 14-foot-high dirt wall and flipped end-over-end high into the air before landing back on all four tires.
RANTOUL – Natural-gas service has been shut off to a large Rantoul apartment complex, and the village has posted the apartments as unfit for occupancy.
Tenants of Autumn Glen apartments, on Hobson Drive on Rantoul's northeast side, have until 5 p.m. May 27 to move out. Water service will be shut off on that date.