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.

Local author promoting finale of four-part book series

URBANA – Around the area, you may see Elizabeth Hoyt writing her latest historical romance novel in a bookstore or coffee shop.

Hoyt, who has nine published books, is promoting the final book in her four-book soldier series, "To Desire a Devil." The third book of the series, "To Beguile a Beast," reached The New York Times' best-seller list in May.

C-U native experiencing early success in Hollywood

CHAMPAIGN – Picture the ultimate Champaign-Urbana homecoming visit:

– Native son buys his grandmother new flat-screen television. While he's installing it, he appears on screen.

– Same returnee takes his grandfather, who used to work the gates, to the Illinois-Michigan football game. Illini win.

Reporter's father recalls role in WWII operation

WESTVILLE – As children, my brother, sisters and I had only a vague idea of what my father did in the Army Air Forces in World War II.

He seldom told war stories – only when we begged – and never in much detail.

We knew he was a co-pilot who had flown paratroopers on D-Day, the famed invasion of Normandy.

Legendary composer to be in-residence at UI

CHAMPAIGN – A legendary American composer who developed the Deep Listening philosophy and practice will be in-residence from Friday through Nov. 17 at the University of Illinois.

Pauline Oliveros will be on campus as a George A. Miller Visiting Artist, leading workshops and giving lectures that are free and open to the public.

Montgomerys' 'Extreme Makeover' home is 'so like us'

PHILO – Nathan Montgomery admits his ultra-modern, colorful master bedroom was "a point of controversy."

The rest of the main floor of the new house in Philo is much more traditional in style and color.

United Way lending shelter a hand

CHAMPAIGN – The United Way of Champaign County is providing an emergency payment of $18,000 to the parent organization of A Woman's Place to allow the organization to remain in operation.

'Pumpkin Fun' event set

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Public Library and the University of Illinois Extension, Vermilion County office, will present "Pumpkin Fall Fun" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 110 N. Fourth St.

The event is for children ages 5 through 13 and their families. Activities will include pumpkin and gourd decorating and making pine cone birdhouses and easy pumpkin treats.

Novelist Tim O'Brien to present James Jones lecture at Eastern

CHARLESTON – National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien will present the third annual James Jones Lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at the Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.

The lecture is part of the James Jones Symposium on Friday and Saturday at EIU.

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