CHAMPAIGN – The Decker family of Champaign discovered the basement is a bad place to be sleeping when the power goes out.
About 9:30 Tuesday evening, the family heard a tornado warning. Given that they have a 1-year-old son, Brad and Kathy wanted to take the careful approach.
RANTOUL – A Rantoul man sustained serious injuries in a roadside bomb explosion near the Army vehicle he was driving in Baghdad, Iraq.
Steven Baskis, 22, of the Army 4th Infantry Division lost his sight in the incident, according to his stepfather, David Sagen of Rantoul.
Michelle Kim pushed her cart around the aisles of produce inside Schnucks grocery in Urbana this spring, picked up a couple containers of berries and bagged a variety of other fresh fruits and vegetables.
She wishes she could buy more organic produce at the Urbana farmers' market, but she explained Schnucks is convenient. In either case, she doesn't think much about the possibility of it making her sick – or killing her.
CHAMPAIGN – Jan Orr hears lots of the bad side of humanity. But friends and relatives say that part of her job with the Champaign Police Department hasn't colored the way she leads her life.
Orr, 47, is the receptionist for the Champaign Police Department investigators. Among her duties are transcribing tapes for detectives and helping to disseminate bulletins and information for the Champaign County Crimestoppers organization.
CATLIN – Fred Reddy will have just finished his first month of retirement, after nearly 35 years with the Catlin police department, when he will receive the Lions Club Citizen of the Year award next week.
The award doesn't specifically recognize his dedicated employment, although that certainly plays a part in his dedication to other activities within his community.
Got some old documents you want to get rid of, but you worry about identity theft?
A Danville bank will offer free shredding for three hours Saturday morning.
DANVILLE – For the Danville Public Library, Rosalba Hernandez bridged a gap between an English-speaking environment and the community's Spanish-speaking population.
Hernandez, 61, is the library's only Spanish-speaking employee and works in the children's department.
ARCOLA – The man is a driver.
He grew up on a family farm in Mount Zion, driving tractors and farm trucks.
Next, he moved to semitrailer trucks, going on long-haul nationwide runs for a variety of companies.
CHAMPAIGN – Raising her two sons, Dorothy "Dot" Beldon tried to follow the example set by her own parents.
She tried to be firm but not overbearing with Ronald and Mark.
GIFFORD – In 1991, doctors told Laura Kimball to quit her job at a tractor supply store, give up riding horses and prepare for a life in a wheelchair.
Kimball said she was shocked to learn she had multiple sclerosis, a chronic and often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.