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Rantoul Chamber's Kaler leaves for new job

RANTOUL — Chris Kaler is leaving the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce to re-enter a field he worked in for 14 years.

Kaler will succeed Mike Boebinger as regional general manager for Frontier Communications, which provides telephone and high-speed Internet service to rural communities.


Life Remembered: Ex-Champaign mayor loved politics, travel

CHAMPAIGN — Longtime Champaign residents will remember Virgil Wikoff as a war veteran, two-term mayor and state representative. His wife of 64 years will remember him as a travel partner, Illini sports fan and her high school sweetheart.

Mr. Wikoff died on Friday at a rehabilitation center in Savoy after battling an illness for years. He was 85.


13 years after a bone-marrow transplant, Katy Hubbell plans for college

For David and Mary Hubbell of Fisher, every day spent with their 18-year-old daughter, Katy, feels like a treasure.

Katy Hubbell was 4 years old in 1997 when doctors diagnosed her with a life-threatening bone marrow disease called aplastic anemia.


Studio Visit: Dean Karres

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with musician Dean Karres. In the March 18 newspaper, we'll have a studio visit with singer Sherrika Ellison.

Q: Why do you like Irish and Celtic music so much?


Getting Personal: Kimberlie Kranich

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Kimberlie Kranich, director of community content and engagement at Illinois Public Media. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.


UI commencement event lineup revised

URBANA — One of the best-known agricultural broadcasters in the United States has been named this year's afternoon commencement speaker at the University of Illinois.

University officials announced on Friday that Orion Samuelson will speak at the campuswide ceremony at 2 p.m. May 13 at the Assembly Hall.


Life Remembered: Robert Morfey was part of everything in Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — If Robert Morfey had a nickname, it could have been "Mr. Thomasboro."

Actively involved in the Champaign County community, he was instrumental in Thomasboro fire protection, village government and business for most of his 77 years until his death from cancer March 2.

White collar, blue collar, leader and follower, Mr. Morfey was all of those things.


Newborns awarded lifetime Girl Scout memberships to mark centennial

URBANA — She's a bit young to start selling cookies, but just give her time.

Any baby awarded a lifetime membership to Girl Scouts the day after she enters the world must have an order sheet and cartons of Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel deLites in her future somewhere.


Pro-union rally held at Urbana plant

URBANA — About 90 people, many of them waving signs, took part in a rally outside the Guardian West facility in Urbana on Tuesday evening to support about 320 Flex-N-Gate workers at the plant who are seeking to unionize with the United Auto Workers.


Cobb sworn in as police chief in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Police Chief Anthony Cobb took his oath of office on Tuesday night to a standing ovation from city officials and audience members.


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