Notes-Worthy: Dave Cooper

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Nickel & Dimes guitarist Dave Cooper:

How long have you been playing the guitar?

I've been playing since 1981, so about 34 years.

What is it like to be a part of Nickel & Dimes and how long have you played with this particular band?

Fundraiser set to benefit veterans memorial

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Veterans Memorial committee is bringing in some big guns Sunday to help raise funds for construction of the memorial.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collins) and State Rep. Chad Hays (R-Catlin) will be on hand to help with a fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. at Brookhill Park.

Top of the morning, Aug. 6, 2015

For most of us, trash day is a weekly event.

We wheel the toter out to the curb. Our hauler drives by, and presto, our garbage is gone.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Except in August, when student rentals ringing the University of Illinois change tenants.

17-year-old sentenced to prison for aggravated unlawful use of weapons

URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted he had a gun while on parole has been sentenced to prison.

Joshuah Young, 17, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Valley Road, Champaign, pleaded guilty Tuesday in adult court before Judge Heidi Ladd to aggravated unlawful use of weapons for a sentence of 2 1/2 years in prison.

Federal prosecutor 'thrilled' to be next Champaign County judge


URBANA — A veteran prosecutor for the U.S. government will make history when she crosses the street in downtown Urbana to become a state of Illinois judge.

Joan Griffis: War story has a happy ending

Yvette Manessis Caporon's novel, "When The Cypress Whispers," includes some little-known facts pertaining to World War II. The residents of the Greek Island, Erikoussa, hid many Jewish refugees from the Nazis — who would frequently check for hidden Jews and kill them along with their protectors.

4-H winners

Vermilion County 4-H members  exhibited at the 4-H Fair, held June 22-27 at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds.

The fair "gives members an opportunity to show what they have learned and communicate that with an expert in that area," said  Jamie Boas, 4-H Youth Development Educator.

My Amish Home: Freshening up house to match weather

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." Psalm 51:10-12

Hightower bringing comedy showcase to Danville

DANVILLE — Chris Hightower loves C-U Comedy, saying the weekly showcase has allowed him to cut his teeth as a stand-up comic.

Now he's starting his own showcase in his hometown of Danville — Funny First Friday, taking care to schedule it around C-U Comedy events and featuring comedians who have performed nationally and internationally.

ISU dean's list

Illinois State University has released its dean's list for the spring semester, area students are listed by hometown of record.

Allerton: Blake Robert Bodine

Argenta: Rachel Joy Bruckner

Buckley: Meghan Marie Foss, Melanie Marie Foss

Catlin: David Michael Sacre, Jordyn Alexis Leean Woods

Cerro Gordo: Colton James Blickensderfer, Stephen Joshua Hayes