CHAMPAIGN – Fifty-five local programs will share $1.15 million in funding from the United Way of Champaign County starting July 1.
The United Way's board Thursday approved more than $2.2 million in allocations recommended by a group of 100 community volunteers.
OAKWOOD – Senior citizens in the Oakwood Fire Protection District can get a little help making their homes safer without breaking their budgets.
Oakwood firefighters and Faith in Action staff are teaming up to offer free home safety checks from 9 a.m. to noon on June 27.
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DANVILLE – Odette Hyatt-Watson has done her share of dealing with children, working at the Center for Children's Services, Early Headstart program and the Education Talent Search program at the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.
She'll continue the latter job part time, but she will also be the new part-time executive director at Laura Lee Fellowship House.
DANVILLE – Erica Bennett is the sole graduate of the Vermilion County Drug Court program.
She doesn't mind doing this alone, because she has had a lot of help getting to this point.
The program is run by Prairie Center Health Systems. Graduations are held in May and November.
CHAMPAIGN – Scores of people, including nearly 30 police officers and firefighters, turned out to remember two men killed decades apart.
The gathering at West Side Park was for Champaign's Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Tuesday, postponed from earlier this month by rain.
URBANA – Neil Young once sang that, for rock musicians, it's "better to burn out, than it is to rust." The saying embodies the life of Jay Bennett.
At 45, Mr. Bennett had already played with and been fired from a nationally famous band, Wilco. He also played in local bands such as Steve Pride & His Blood Kin and Titanic Love Affair.
URBANA – Neil Young once sang that, for rock musicians, it's "better to burn out, than it is to rust." He might have been speaking of Jay Bennett.
At 45, Mr. Bennett had already played with and been fired from a nationally famous band, Wilco. He also played in local bands like Steve Pride & His Blood Kin and Titanic Love Affair.
URBANA – Area residents remember John Cribbet as an outstanding speaker, ground-breaking educational leader and a beloved teacher.
Cribbet, 91, former dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and former UI chancellor, died Saturday at Clark-Lindsey Village following a long illness.
ARTHUR – He stood 6-foot-2. Weighed 160. Friends at Arthur High School said he looked as skinny as slats on a bed. The 1944 Class Roster lists him as Lawrence Trower, but to this day, he's still called "Slats."
Blue eyes, innocent from 18 years of small-town living, peeked out from a blond hank of hair as he rode the train to Chicago for his military physical that June after graduation.