Awards honor area outstanding philanthropy

CHAMPAIGN – Several central Illinois residents and entities have been honored with National Philanthropy Day Awards, handed out Friday by the East Central Illinois chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The winners are:

Pecan sale fundraiser set in Danville

DANVILLE – The Altrusa Club of Danville will hold its annual pecan sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at County Market at the Village Mall and the same hours Nov. 21 at Big R South, 1625 Georgetown Road, Tilton.

The club will offer plain pecans, milk chocolate-covered pecans, cinnamon-glazed pecans, caramel pecan clusters and dark chocolate-covered pecans.

Bar association president: Fight for your home

CHAMPAIGN – For heaven's sake, do something.

That's the advice the president of the Illinois State Bar Association gives to those who have gotten word – or just suspect – that their home faces foreclosure.

'A simple heartfelt message: Thank you'

URBANA — Ron Hubert vividly recalls setting the first stone for the veterans monument in downtown Urbana in 1992. It was under the Army panel.

On Wednesday, the former soldier from Urbana and now president of the Champaign County Veterans Association welcomed about 100 people to the annual Veterans Day service at the stately monument, dedicated in 1994.

Kiwanis event to honor member's perfect attendance

DANVILLE – The Danville Noon Kiwanis will hold a special luncheon to celebrate member Jack Millikin's 60 years of perfect attendance at Kiwanis meetings.

The luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St.

Students plan community baby shower

DANVILLE – Three Lakeview College of Nursing students this weekend will host a unique baby shower, where the guests of honor will receive more than just baby gifts.

Danville library's November activities include 2 for teens

DANVILLE – The Danville Public Library is hosting teen activity evenings in November.

Old School Retro Board Games Night, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, will feature Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and Clue. Movie Night, from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17, will feature a showing of "The Goonies."

Garage fire in St. Joseph also damages two homes

ST. JOSEPH – A fire that started in a garage spread to an adjacent home and a second home in St. Joseph on Sunday, causing more than $150,000 in damage.

St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Chief Russell Chism said firefighters were called to a garage fire in the 100 block of East Douglas Street at 3:18 p.m.

80 from area haven't collected undelivered tax refunds

About 80 area residents are due tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service that the U.S. Postal Service has been unable to deliver.

That includes 21 people in Champaign, 15 people in Urbana and seven people in Danville, as well as many in smaller communities in East Central Illinois.

Benefit scheduled for Tolono man battling leukemia

TOLONO – Bart Easton has always faced life's challenges in his own way, says cousin Jill Davis. But after a diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia this fall, friends and family are stepping up to help Easton with his battle to beat the disease.

The longtime Tolono resident was able to return home last week after a lengthy stay and treatment at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. The single father had been unemployed as a union glass specialist since January. Daughter Savannah, 19, has been looking after her two younger sisters, Shanna, 13, and Shelby, 9, with the help of family and friends.

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