Urbana council urged to back naming courthouse for Burgess

URBANA — Saying that James R. Burgess was “even-handed” as a prosecutor and “a man of integrity,” supporters asked on Monday night that the city council support renaming the federal courthouse in his honor.

Super-couponing: Store has right to set overage policy

Last week, I answered some frequently asked questions about multiple coupons. In this week's column, another beginner has a question about coupon overage — when the value of a coupon exceeds the cost of the item you're trying to purchase.

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Studio Visit: Bob Watson

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.

Getting Personal: M. Cynthia Oliver

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with M. Cynthia Oliver of Urbana.

Counseling offered children after death of librarian

RANTOUL — Students at Northview School were given the opportunity to receive counseling this week following the unexpected death of a staff member.

Anna Ferguson, 29, died of a brain aneurysm Feb. 12 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, said Rantoul City Schools Lead Administrator Jennifer Ernst.

YMCA sneak peek

Donors and the community got to see the new Champaign County Family YMCA for the first time during a sneak peek event on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.

Volunteers from Douglas County to help Peoria-area search

TUSCOLA — A group of trained search and rescue volunteers from Douglas County will go to Peoria County on Saturday to help with the search for a 73-year-old Peoria man who has been missing since Feb. 12.

Mental illness group sets local training

CHAMPAIGN — Mental illness can be tough on loved ones, especially when there's a lot they don't know and understand about this disease.

The Champaign County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness is bringing back a free, 13-week class that helps fill in many of the blanks, says local NAMI President Diane Zell.

Two of 13 in poker arrests to face charges

URBANA — Two men have been charged with misdemeanors for allegedly running a poker game raided by Champaign police in west Champaign about a month ago.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she elected not to charge another 11 men and women who were present that night, most of them as patrons.

Somers wins Athena Award

CHAMPAIGN — The latest winner of the Athena Award got her career rolling by scheduling a log rolling.

But Cindy Somers' career didn't turn out to be the one she expected.

Somers, the owner of the Spherion Staffing franchises in Champaign and Decatur, got her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in recreation programming, planning and management.

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