Life Remembered: Edwin Jahiel was 'committed to film'

URBANA – Edwin Jahiel, after 85 years that included being a resistance fighter in World War II, a longtime University of Illinois professor and movie reviewer for The News-Gazette, died Tuesday.

Mahomet woman's contest success benefits Rantoul

RANTOUL – Linda Cifuentes is the reigning queen of pork – at least the crock-pot variety – and that means some Rantoul families will be enjoying free pork dinners this month.

2005-09 American Community Survey results for Champaign County

The Census Bureau today released its 2005-2009 American Community Survey results for towns, counties and states in the U.S.

2005-09 American Community Survey results for Vermilion County

The Census Bureau on Tuesday released its 2005-2009 American Community Survey results for towns, counties and states in the U.S.

Musician in final list for chance to play in Sydney for YouTube

URBANA – Local musician/composer Jacob Barton wants you to vote early and vote often for him. Actually, he would like for you to vote for him at least once a day, through Friday, for the opportunity for him to play with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 in March in Sydney, Australia.

Drug court by the numbers

Champaign County drug court, by the numbers

1999: Year program began

22: Number of graduating classes

4: Men in this class

3: Women in this class

22: Age of youngest graduate Monday

54: Age of oldest graduate Monday

Drug Court's 22nd class set to graduate

CHAMPAIGN – Mary Jo Holmes doesn't blame anyone but herself for the 18 years of her life she's lost to drug addiction.

But she's sick about what it's done to her daughter.

"She's 31 now. She was 13 when I got into it heavily. I missed the most important part of her life," Holmes said.

Book store comes back after fire in Paxton

PAXTON – The fire three years ago that destroyed his small downtown shop – and thousands of dollars' worth of irreplaceable books and collectibles – did not keep Charles Schroeder out of business.

Life Remembered: Nabor House co-founder Samuel Ridlen

CHAMPAIGN – A longtime University of Illinois educator and co-founder of the campus Nabor House, Samuel Franklin Ridlen will be remembered with a memorial service Dec. 11.

Mr. Ridlen, 94, died Oct. 30, 2010, in Urbana after a long career as a poultry expert, as well as co-founding the Nabor House agricultural fraternity in 1938.

Danville school board will consider naming auditorium for Dick Van Dyke

DANVILLE – Two Danville High School officials are asking the school board to name the Danville High School auditorium in honor of one of its most famous graduates – Dick Van Dyke.

The board will consider the request at its 6:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting in the Jackson Building.

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