Updated 8:20 p.m. Monday
DANVILLE — Boys & Girls Club of Danville officials may have conducted a broad search for their next leader, but they found him close to home.
Rob Gifford, a lifelong Danville resident, was hired as the organization's executive director on Nov. 30. He started the job on Monday.
CHAMPAIGN — Lynelle Loy has known life as a longtime addict, a mom separated from her children, and a woman without a home.
But she worked hard to make changes, and her work is paying off just in time for Christmas with a new home for her and her children.
Updated 7:40 p.m. Monday.
CHAMPAIGN — When his retirement from Congress becomes official next month, Tim Johnson plans to affiliate with the law firm of Frederick W. Nessler of Springfield, and to teach part-time at Illinois State University.
For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program 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.
Once again stays modest
Next to naked friends
— Jon Graven, Champaign
This week, I haven't seen much of Birdland in the daylight. Oh, I run through the chores in the morning, but I'm really running.
It's been a whole month since Election Day, so isn't it time to look ahead to the 2014 election, particularly the 13th Congressional District race?
After all, victorious Republican Rodney Davis is almost a congressman; he'll be sworn in on Jan. 3.
Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season to Midwesterners of a certain age (younger than the senior discount at McDonald's, older than the free Wi-Fi) like the 1989 film "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student who launched a project to provide prosthetic arms to amputees in developing countries has won a prestigious scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.
Jonathan Naber, 23, of Waterloo was one of about 40 students in the U.S. selected as Marshall Scholars.
Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Mary Ellen O'Shaugnessey, who recently retired from the University of Illinois, where she was the executive assistant dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.