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