Danville baseball league prepares for third season

DANVILLE — Organizers of the Mount Olive Christian Church Youth Basketball League and Junior NBA are gearing up for their third season at Garfield Park.

They're currently seeking volunteer and donations, said Nate "BoBo" Smalls, one of the league's founders.

Technology helped soldier, family stay connected

The Internet has certainly changed the way soldiers at war keep in touch with loved ones at home.

Not only did George Vargas communicate with his wife and daughter by phone, Skype or email almost daily, he also found a house in Champaign online that his wife ended up buying while he was away.

Getting Personal: Nate Kohn

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli talks with Nate Kohn, director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday's newspaper. In the May 6 newspaper, we'll have a chat with Jennifer Bechtel, a moviemaker, mother and educator.  

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Army Capt. George Vargas back to civilian job

URBANA — It's a paradox faced by many who have served in the military.

Serving in Kentucky and the Middle East, George Vargas couldn't wait to get back to his wife, daughter, mother and clients in Champaign County. Now that he's back, he's wondering about colleagues and cases he left behind in Afghanistan.

Keyonte Cobb as President Barack Obama


Former Champaign Central student Keyonte Cobb prepares to portray President Barack Obama in a debate against Mitt Romney at Parkland Theater in Champaign on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. 

Hundreds of cyclists racing at research park, Urbana

CHAMPAIGN — Organizers anticipate as many as 400 bicyclists from all over the Midwest will be coming to Champaign-Urbana this weekend for the fourth Tour de C-U criterium bike races.

Habitat home: A mother's prayers answered

CHAMPAIGN — Arica Moss always wanted a home she could own for herself and her three daughters.

When a bullet shattered one of her daughter's bedroom windows at their Rantoul townhouse complex nearly two years ago, she wanted that home of their own even more.

Danville sophomore is finalist in NBC 'Today' talent competition

DANVILLE — For more than a decade, 16-year-old Christian Cunningham of Danville has been entertaining local audiences with his smooth singing voice and heartfelt performances.

These past few weeks, he has gotten to showcase his talent before a national audience as a contestant on "The Voice — Kids' Edition," featured on NBC's "Today" with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Market at the Square returns this Saturday

URBANA — The Urbana farmers' market — Market at the Square — returns to the Lincoln Square Village parking lot this Saturday.

The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Nov. 3, according to director Lisa Bralts.

The event is held in the southeastern portion of the parking lot, near the corner of Vine and Illinois streets.

Former UI faculty member elected to Academy of Sciences

Harris Lewin, a former University of Illinois faculty member, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Lewin, an emeritus faculty member in the UI's Department of Animal Sciences and founding director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, is now vice chancellor for research at the University of California at Davis.

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