Fellowship of Christian Athletes set two sports camps

DANVILLE — Area youth can improve their athletic skills and grow in their faith at two new sports camps in Vermilion County this summer.

The Eastern Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host three-day "power camps" at Danville High School, Aug. 3-5, and at Hoopeston Area High School, Aug. 6-8.

The camps are for incoming fifth- through eighth-graders.

Top of the morning, June 27, 2015

At 10 a.m. Sunday, the pews at the 126-year-old Methodist church in tiny Thawville will be packed with more than 100 parishioners, just like they were during those Christmas Eve services in the '70s.

"That's what we were noted for," said Belinda Minnaert, a great-great-great-granddaughter of one of the church's founders, W.R. Veatch. "Everyone came to the candlelight services."

C-U authors contributed to new book on motivation

URBANA — Failure is not final but rather pregnant with potential, according to a new book by eight African-American authors.

"The Reinvention Project," a self-published book, features eight chapters contributed by six Champaign-Urbana residents and two other writers.

Life Remembered: Leaps of faith reaped life of no regrets

RANTOUL — In 1972, John Bonacorsi took a leap of faith and gave up a corporate job in Chicago with Amoco Oil to become a small-town gas station owner in Rantoul.

Go figure: June 26, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines

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Where Champaign checks in on a new list of the most commonly misspelled cities in America.

Third time's the charm for Number 900

URBANA — Tandra Perkins has given herself a new nickname — T-900.

And she's feeling pretty good about that number, because it marks a milestone at the hospital where she got a new kidney and launched a new life, saying goodbye to 13 years on dialysis.

Catlin mourns 'fantastic' 11-year-old

CATLIN — Emily Moudy loved playing sports, spending time with family and friends and the color yellow.

Members of her softball team will wear special yellow patches on their jerseys at their home game, at 6 p.m. today, in memory of the 11-year-old Catlin girl who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday.

Area history, June 26, 2015

Today is Friday, June 26, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, June 26, 2015

There was no ESPN coverage (it was still 30 years away). No mock drafts. No trip to New York.

Ted Beach doesn't even remember a phone call. But in 1951, the Indianapolis Olympians selected the former Illini in the seventh round of the 1951 draft.

Notes-Worthy: The Dystopians

Terry Miller Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans speaks with the band The Dystopians — Reece Niccum (guitar), Ian Clemmons (drums) and Matt Nale (bass).

The Dystopians is a very new band (a youth band), what is the goal for this band? Cover music or original music?