Oakwood man was unofficial heart and soul of the fair

OAKWOOD – Herbie. He was always just Herbie.

"I was always amazed, you could go anywhere, even away from here and people would know Herbie," said Rick White of his friend and fellow Vermilion County Fair Board member. "I never heard somebody speak bad about him either."

Harold "Herbie" Hadden lost his long fight with cancer this past week.

He was involved with the fair board for 42 years, 12 as the board president.

CU Tweetup at Jupiters at The Crossing

The News-Gazette hosted another Tweetup at Jupiters at the Crossing on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010.

Emergency rules announced for "Unofficial" in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Jerry Schweighart on Friday announced several emergency orders that will be in place for the “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” event UI students will hold on March 5.

Bars in the campus area must raise their minimum entry age from 19 to 21 during Unofficial, and they must also have a doorman aged 21 or older checking identification at the entrance.

Still time to take plunge for Special Olympics

MAHOMET — There is still time to take leave of your senses for a great cause.

Anyone wanting to jump in the frozen water at the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve District in Mahomet  Saturday to benefit Illinois Special Olympics may do so up until the time of the Polar Plunge, scheduled for noon.

New city awards to honor those who have led, improved Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – City officials are hoping the community will take advantage of a new awards program created to recognize those who have led or improved Champaign in some way.

The city's Neighborhood Services Department is accepting nominations until March 1. Nominees and winners of awards in six categories will be recognized during the city's annual Neighborhood Leaders Meeting, this year on April 14.

UI's College of Media names head of journalism department

URBANA – Reporting and photography could be entering a golden age, says the new head of the journalism department at the University of Illinois.

"My belief is that people will realize what a value-added proposition journalism is," with citizen journalists teaming with trusted institutions to offer a variety of words and images never before available, Brian Johnson said.

Life Remembered: Trooper Voges 'gave 120% on her worst day'

OGDEN – Sue Voges wasn't one to go silently into the night.

Indeed, the 53-year-old Ogden woman engaged the cancer she had for 11 years with an indomitable spirit to the end, which came Monday morning at her home where she was surrounded by family and friends.

While many cancer victims go down fighting, those who knew Voges well say what may have set her apart was her willingness to share her experience to help others with their own health care decisions or to just brighten their day.

Here's link to AP's Olympics page on Champaign's Kuck

The Associated Press's Olympics Web site has a page devoted to Jonathan Kuck of Champaign, who finished 8th Tuesday in the 10,000-meter speedskating competition.

Homelessness Marathon to air today on WEFT 90.1 FM

CHAMPAIGN – As a closer to its second annual Radio Food Drive with the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, WEFT 90.1 FM will air the 13th annual Homelessness Marathon, which will be broadcast live from the streets of Detroit starting at 6 p.m. today.

The 14-hour nationwide broadcast, through 8 a.m. Wednesday, will carry the voices of the homeless, advocates for housing and shelter, and other guests. The broadcast will be heard on more than 150 stations nationwide, and at WEFT's Web cast at

Forum to tackle police relations in light of Carrington death

CHAMPAIGN – How to break down barriers between the community and the police department will be the primary discussion topic during a March 15 community forum, scheduled more than five months after the police shooting death of 15-year-old Kiwane Carrington.

The forum will check off another of City Manager Steve Carter's six initiatives he presented following the death of Mr. Carrington, who was killed when Officer Daniel Norbits' gun discharged on Oct. 9, 2009.

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