Khan Annex opens at Huff Hall on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — A $10 million center on healthy aging, public health and accessibility got a thumb's up on its debut from Jean Driscoll, the first eight-time winner of the Boston Marathon.

Stimulus money may explain Champaign, Vermilion stability on poverty

A new report from the U.S. Census shows Champaign and Vermilion counties holding their own economically in 2010, with overall poverty not worsening and median incomes actually rising.

However, that may reflect an influx of federal stimulus money that has since dried up, according to one local official.

Lost child found near St. Jospeh

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh explains how rescuers found 2-1/2-year-old Jackson Sinnes one half-mile from his home in rural St. Joseph on Monday Sept. 19, 2011.

John Dixon

Land, farm preserved for generations - for 175 years

Bob Allen was known around his hometown of Newman for his love of family, community and the family farm.

"If you live in paradise, why would you want to go anywhere else?" he used to say.

Allen's widow, Eileen, their four children and extended family just celebrated 175 years of their little piece of paradise on the family homestead in southeast Douglas County.

Getting Personal: Donna Giertz

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Donna Hyland Giertz of Champaign. She is a retired marketing/management professor from Parkland College. She serves on the school´s board of trustees and is a volunteer at the Krannert Art Museum. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.

UI faculty named University Scholars

URBANA — Six Urbana campus faculty members have been recognized as University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence while helping to identify and retain the university's most talented teachers, scholars and researchers.

Life Remembered: Former Champaign mayor remained active in community

CHAMPAIGN — A former Champaign mayor who always had a joke and continued his community activism into his final years died last week.

Chaplain urges hope in aftermath of 9/11

URBANA — The Rev. John Sims challenged the people of Champaign County to live their lives with hope.

"What I learned from 9/11 is this: Live your life filled with hope and trust. Practice vigilance with respect. Love without limits," he said.

Gearhead: Greg Stallmeyer

Greg Stallmeyer builds custom hot rods, including these recent examples of his work.

Darrell Hoemann

Life Remembered: Project Gutenberg founder Michael Hart 'did it his way'

URBANA — Friends and family of Michael Hart remember him not only as an early producer and proponent of e-books, but also as an inveterate garage-saler who embraced many interests and often proved good at them.

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