People

Pet of the Week: Patsy

Patsy is a friendly cat available for adoption at the Champaign County Humane Society

Videographer/Producer: 
Robin Scholz

New Centennial principal likes the effort he's seeing in the classrooms

CHAMPAIGN – Greg Johnson may be in a new school building, but it feels like home.

He is in his first year as a high school principal, hired this past spring to lead Centennial High School. He came from across Wright Street, where he was associate principal at Urbana High School.


Fundraisers set to honor cheerleading coach at SJ-O

ST. JOSEPH – Several area groups are holding fundraisers in October to benefit the Tammy Walsh Scholarship Fund.

Mrs. Walsh, the St. Joseph-Ogden cheerleading coach, was killed in a tragic accident in August at a freshman football jamboree at Jamaica High School.


Marathon decision was protecting local interest, buyers say

CHAMPAIGN – Let this big event that's been nurtured in Champaign-Urbana be taken over by unknown owners in Texas?

Not when the welfare of more than 15,000 runners and a multimillion-dollar impact on Champaign County are at stake.


Champaign man's walk in support of troops reaches 'wonderful people'

URBANA – A retired Army veteran from Champaign has been walking across Illinois this month to help bring awareness to support the troops.

Rob Siedenburg, 65, said he was inspired to spend a month walking across the state after he saw his 95-year-old mother's collection of old ration cards from World War II.


Lakeview Nursing students to sell lemonade for cancer research funding

DANVILLE – Four Lakeview College of Nursing students hope to sell some lemonade and, by doing so, raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.


Pet of the Week-Aristotle

 Aristotle, six years old, is a neutered male. He is a Chihuahua/American pit bull terrier mix and is available for adoption at the Champaign County Humane Society in Urbana, Ill.

Videographer/Producer: 
Heather Coit

Doctor retiring after half-century on the job

CHAMPAIGN – Dr. David Hamilton remembers a time when he got to know his patients, and they got to know him.

He remembers when practicing medicine meant doing it all, from delivering babies to seeing cancer patients at their homes, and when a doctor could still determine what was best for patients without managed care companies interfering.


Gearhead: Jim Cross

Jim Cross' Speedster occupies a unique Gearhead niche along with his Auburn replica. Both turn heads when he goes down the street.

Videographer/Producer: 
Darrell Hoemann

Life Remembered: DeWall devoted to work, friends

GIBSON CITY — Jeanne DeWall was so dedicated to her job delivering newspapers for The News-Gazette that when her vehicle broke down over the weekend, she decided to complete her paper route early Monday morning on her bicycle.

Even though it meant riding five miles from Gibson City to Elliott.


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