Dealt a tough hand, C-U native Nickerson persevered

Clarissa Nickerson grew up mostly in local foster homes, moving her stuff from place to place in garbage bags, and became a mom at age 16.

Now, Nickerson recently graduated with a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, will soon start a master's program in legal studies and plans to be a lawyer by the time she turns 30.

On the Town: Corvette Club


Corvette Club's donation to BETH'S Place and Christmas Party event in Champaign on Saturday December 1, 2012

New Names in the News Jan. 2, 2013

Aubrey Thomas

Christopher Thomas and Danee Deffenbaugh of Urbana have named their first child Aubrey Linn Thomas.

She was born at 2:12 p.m. Nov. 1 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces.

Miss Hoopeston 2013 set to be crowned Saturday

HOOPESTON — Miss Hoopeston 2013 will be crowned at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hoopeston Area High School Auditorium.

The public is invited to hear the candidates' speeches, which will be followed by the naming and crowning.

My Amish Home: Welcoming back routines as 2013 begins

"Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The Lord doeth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." — Psalm 147: 1-3

After almost 40 years, veteran C-U MTD driver retiring

URBANA — Forty years ago, Louie Fonseca was a sophomore at the University of Illinois, trying to work his way through school.

A Life Remembered: Microbiologist Woese was unconventional thinker

URBANA — Carl Woese thought about things a lot.

And when a question or problem drew his attention, he would ponder it not for weeks or months, but for years.

Business calendar Dec. 30, 2012

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Fireside Toastmasters. 5:45 to 7 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Improve communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Debra Custer at 621-0168 or or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or

Thursday, Jan. 10

For the Retirees Dec. 30, 2012

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) 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.

Letter from Birdland: A wish for a safe flight into winter

In Birdland, we are preparing for Chandra's homecoming.

My oldest lives in Seattle, and it's been a year since he's been home. Here he'll find that the grass is green even into the dark of the year.