Deadline extended for photo contest entries

URBANA – The week's snowstorm has led the Urbana Park District to extend the deadline to submit entries for the 10th annual Champaign County Camera Club Best in Show community print competition.

The new deadline for the early-bird special for a lower entry fee is 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., Urbana.

Group plans to build three homes in 2011

DANVILLE – Habitat for Humanity of Danville is raising money for its 50th house after 25 years in the community.

Plans are in place to build three houses during 2011.

Danville ReStore bringing in income for Habitat

DANVILLE – Bob Marble, manager of the Habitat ReStore, knew the income from the facility would soon be sponsoring a house-build, but was a little surprised it would be the first house of 2011.

"We knew we'd brought in enough money and then some to do a house, but just didn't know which one it would be this year," Marble said.

Urbana encouraging neighborhood watch groups

URBANA – Laura Wetzel was tired of what was happening on her street.

"We had a pretty serious situation," she said. "There were people over there all day and night, traffic in and out of the drive all night long."

Illinois government expert Sam Gove dies at 87

URBANA – Sam Gove may have had a greater influence on Illinois government than any governor or other elected leader of the last 50 years, his friends and colleagues said Friday.

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.

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