Caring Presence: There till the end

URBANA — Not everybody has a special somebody in life.

But Matt Henshaw and his fellow volunteers make sure that dying patients at Carle Foundation Hospital never have to spend their final hours alone.

Area history, Dec. 21, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Dec. 21, 2016

John Jansky will speed-paint a portrait of World Series champ David Ross — upside down, no less — to raise money during the upcoming Tom Jones Challenger League Benefit in Champaign.

Edison students playing Santa for deployed soldiers

CHAMPAIGN — Edison Middle School students know plenty about what it means to be respectful.

"Our teachers talk about it all the time," sixth-grader Ashanti Butler said.

But thanks to a collaboration between the school and the local Army Reserve unit based in Urbana, sixth-graders at Edison got a chance to demonstrate what they've learned about respect in real life.

Service Club of the Week: Illini Networkers Inc.

About the club

President: Rick Borup.

Origin: Founded in 1983, Mike Hebert's first season as Illini volleyball coach.

Oakwood middle-schooler 'was in awe' when meeting NBA hero

OAKWOOD — After shooting free throws with the NBA's two-time reigning MVP at the 20,000-seat Oracle Arena, stepping to the charity stripe in a basketball game will never be the same for 13-year-old Sam Howie.

Area history, Dec. 20, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Area history, Dec. 19, 2016

Today is Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Here are news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning: Dec. 19, 2016

On Mondays, our award-winning photographers tell their stories. This week: Rick Danzl:

Like most assignments, choosing the subject is often key to getting a good photo.

It was no different when I was assigned cover Thursday’s Urbana Police “Shop with a Cop” event.