Edgars move back to Springfield

After almost 13 years of living in rural Champaign County, former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has moved back to Springfield. But he'll remain an instructor at the University of Illinois and a member of the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Woman using toilets to boost Relay for Life funds

CHAMPAIGN — If you find a purple toilet in your yard, it's going to cost you.

That is, if you're willing to support the American Cancer Society.

Jill Rannebarger of Champaign got seven used toilets, painted them purple and is delivering them to yards throughout the community to raise money for the cancer society.

AmeriCorps workers helping spread energy-efficiency information

URBANA — If your doorbell rings and it's AmeriCorps, these folks are bringing information to the county about home weatherization and energy assistance programs.

"Most of the time, people don't know who we are, and people think we're trying to sell them something," said Gabriel Huang, an AmeriCorps worker who has been serving in Champaign County since March 12.

Mom organizes community resource day for Garden Hills

CHAMPAIGN — Sheri Williamson looks around the large neighborhood surrounding her daughter's school and sees families with a lot of needs.

And she's had an idea: How about offering a one-stop shop to help them meet as many of them as possible?

Girl Scout troop raises awareness of homelessness

VILLA GROVE — This wasn't your typical Girl Scout campout. There were no campfires or s'mores, no cots or air mattresses, no iPods or radios.

Getting Personal: Lynn Canfield

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with Lynn Canfield, who works in behavioral health by day and sings with the Brat Pack by night. Getting Personal appears first in print. In the April 1 newspaper, we'll have a chat with local R&B and blues entertainment icon Candy Foster.

Studio Visit: David Howie

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with singer-songwriter David Howie.

Volunteer jobs available for marathon

When the call went out for volunteers in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon's first year, in 2009, Nick Zazal responded.

He and a group of co-workers from Krannert Center for the Performing Arts helped with traffic control around Memorial Stadium on race day.

Extravaganza features summer activities galore

URBANA — The school year is winding down, and that means it's time to find something for your kids to do this summer.

The annual Summer Enrichment Extravaganza, a community-wide youth programming resource fair, might be a place to start.

It's scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Middle School Cafetorium, 1201 S. Vine St., U.

Pipe organ ready for close-up at Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — The master organist sat down at the Wurlitzer on Friday, played the Gershwins' "S'Wonderful" — and pronounced the organ s'wonderful, too.

The majestic pipe organ at the Virginia Theatre will have a big Saturday night, celebrating 90 years and 900 pipes with a nearly two-hour rededication concert.

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