RANTOUL — Deandra "Dee Dee" Bowen is a pretty typical 16-year-old girl.
She enjoys reading, and she loves to dance.
But she can no longer do the latter due to a physical condition that limits her mobility.
Bowen has Neurofibromstosis Type II, a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in the nervous system.
"Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matthew 21:21-22
For as long as I can remember, my mom has canned tomato products from her garden, and I've always happily helped.
(Fresh garden tomatoes are hands down my No. 1 favorite food, so chances are, I can swipe a few while I wash them, cut out stems and help cook them down into sauce or juice.)
Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville and Charleston awarded numerous scholarships for the summer 2015 semester.
Amanda Allhands of Danville received the Lakeview College of Nursing Board Scholarship Honoring Ron Crick.
Breana Baineof Urbana, the Danville Elks Blood Bank Scholarship.
URBANA — They do a lot of listening, answer a lot of health questions and otherwise function as the nurses they are all week long at their paying jobs, but with one exception:
For a sliver of time each month, they're also parish nurses, volunteering at their churches to get some needed health services to their fellow church members.
Megan Smolenyak, well-known "genealogical adventurer and storyteller," has made some changes to her website, making it easier to read her recent blog posts and learn of genealogy news and events.
Inspired by a story at blavity.com about using fashion to change the stereotypes associated with young black men, Champaign's Jeremy Thorpe is hoping to start a similar movement in his own community.
A look at local do-gooders. This week: Arthur Woman's Club
About the club
President: Teri Malin
Origin: Founded on Aug. 27, 1935, making this the club's 80th anniversary year.
Meets: 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month at the Arthur Public Library.
DANVILLE — Mike Harper doesn't mind people shouting and honking at him while he works.
That's because it's all from people expressing their appreciation for his latest creation, a mural honoring local first responders — firefighters, police and emergency personnel.
CHAMPAIGN — Centennial and Central may be big-time high school football rivals, but that doesn't mean they can't play nice when it comes to sharing a field.