Police memorial events scheduled Thursday

URBANA — Main Street in downtown Urbana between Broadway Avenue and Vine Street and Walnut between Main and Water streets will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday for the police memorial that will take place on the plaza of the Champaign County Courthouse.

Loyalty cards: Extra savings or invasion of privacy?

Last week's column about loading e-coupons to loyalty cards led to — what else? — lots of reader comments about store loyalty cards!

Whether they love them or loathe them, my readers are chiming in. Several were concerned about privacy.

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Travels with Mom

Whether it's wandering the Midwest or merely enjoying time together, writer treasures the moments

Local D.C. tour guide nearing a milestone

Regardless of what some students might say about his age, Bob Nuckols said he and George Washington did not go to school together.

They're from the same neck of the woods, but that's about as far as it goes.

"As I tell the kids, he and I come from the same 'hood," Nuckols, an Alexandria, Va., native, said with a laugh. "I think some of them think we're about the same age."

Urbana woman delights in creating children's games; 2 win national acclaim

URBANA — It's not all fun and games for Gina Manola — even though they make up a large part of her work.

The Urbana woman has developed six children's games — three already on the market and three more to be introduced this summer.

Getting Personal: Jennifer Bechtel

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood talks with Jennifer Bechtel, a moviemaker, mother and educator. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday's newspaper. In the May 13 newspaper, we'll have a chat with former broadcaster Mike Sola.  

Graduating couple met at school - online - via UI

CHAMPAIGN — Plenty of people meet their future spouse in college, and online matches are no longer a novelty.

Valerie Miller and Jesse Lambertson managed to do both.

They are graduating from the University of Illinois this weekend — in absentia — with a master's degree in library science from the library school's "LEEP" online education program.

Hundreds turn out to welcome Cunningham home

DANVILLE — Christian Cunningham's "voice" boomed through the streets of downtown Danville on Friday night as the local teenager and city's newest celebrity sang at a rally that drew hundreds of people to Temple Plaza's outdoor stage.

Salvation Army leadership changing

CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County will have a change of leadership next month.

Envoys Michael and Kris Fuqua are being transferred to the Salvation Army in Willmar, Minn., after four years of leading the local Salvation Army and pastoring its church here.

Demolition set, but Oakland edifice will host final celebration

OAKLAND — When a high school is more than 90 years old, it's probably not possible to measure the lives changed within its walls.

But those who love Oakland High School, which has been standing since 1921 and will be demolished this summer, are going to give it the recognition they believe it deserves Saturday.