Quick action by a Mahomet contractor kept his church's spring work trip from being canceled and also benefited an Urbana rehabilitation center.
URBANA – Today's the day. Colleen Weir is finally going nonpostal after 29 years working for the postal service.
Friday was the last day of work at the Urbana post office for the 79-year-old rural Bement resident, and it was clear that, despite the barbs and wisecracks, her colleagues really will miss her.
CATLIN – The Catlin Lions Club is accepting nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year honor. Deadline is April 15.
Nominees should be from the Catlin area and have volunteered for community functions and causes. Ballots and ballot boxes are available at the Catlin IGA, Sandusky and Vermilion streets; First National Bank of Catlin, 202 S. Sandusky St.; Catlin Post Office, 201 S. Sandusky St.; and Catlin Public Library, 101 Mapleleaf Drive.
A Tolono man is among 300 Red Cross volunteers from across the country who have traveled to North Dakota to help people affected by the flooding of the Red River.
Lou Fuentes of Tolono arrived at Fargo, N.D., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
DANVILLE – The public is invited to attend the third annual Reagan Williams Memorial track meet, hosted by the Danville High School boys' track team.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Danville High School Field House, 202 E. Fairchild St.
CHAMPAIGN – James Kinney entered his home gym holding the state championship trophy over his head, walked to the center and roared, as the fans filling the bleachers roared back.
Centennial High School celebrated the Chargers with a rally Saturday evening. The team beat Oswego 61-59 Saturday afternoon for its first boys' basketball state title and the city's first since Champaign High won in 1946.
Surrounded by stacks of biology textbooks and popular science books, posters (one of the Periodic Table of the Elements, another of the film "Mama Mia") and a green-dress-wearing Barbie with long, dark locks, Joanne Manaster turns on the camera and waxes poetic about the inner child of scientists.
For this particular vlog, which she later posted on YouTube, she recommends reading science books aimed at middle school and high school students and written by Joy Hakim. Even if you're not a middle school or high school student.
URBANA – Less than six months after these seniors started a project to sharpen their minds, they're about to take on another set of seniors, those still in college.
"This group, one of nine in our study, is going to a state tournament outside the program, the only ones in their age group," said MaryTerese Campbell, the assistant program coordinator for Senior Odyssey.
Senior Odyssey is a University of Illinois study headed up by Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow, a professor in education psychology. The program is based on the international problem-solving program, Odyssey of the Mind, and is finishing the second year of a five-year National Institute on Aging grant.
PESOTUM – Ray Hawkins clutched a portable heater and a stack of faded towels as he left the rectory of St. Joseph Church for the last time on Thursday.
His wife, Margaret, reminisced about regularly visiting the house to eat meals with nuns who lived there and taught next door at St. Joseph School in the 1930s.
CHAMPAIGN – Like most Americans during these uncertain economic times, cartoonist-musician Dave King is "just up for everything getting better."
So on Thursday evening he joined 40 people in the Circle of Hope at West Side Park in Champaign, holding hands and verbally expressing hope for prosperity for everyone in Champaign County.