Urbana to praise citizens for help solving crimes

URBANA — Anthony Costello said when he heard a woman screaming near where he was working in downtown Urbana, he didn't think twice about helping her.

It was about mid-day on April 25 and the 27-year-old contractor was working outside at County Plaza at Broadway and Main streets.

Rich Warren: Acoustics genius Bose will be missed

Amar Bose, founder and chairman of the company that bears his name, passed away July 12 at age 83. He was among a small circle of great men who graced my life.

UI alum to head to space

A University of Illinois alumnus said his time at the school helped prepare him for his latest adventure:  heading to the international space station.

U.S. Air Force Colonel Mike Hopkins is the first of his graduating NASA class to head to space.  He'll do so in September of this year.

My Amish Home: Keeping the wild summer storms at bay

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3

Well, this day that started out hot and humid is turning out a little cooler and less humid. Maybe the barometric pressure had something to do with my feeling lousy and quite a bit under the weather when I got up.

Illinois Ancestors: ISU yearbooks available online

Researchers who are interested in the Illinois State University (aka Illinois State Normal University prior to 1964) will be pleased to learn that a collection of yearbooks, published from 1892 to 1994, is being made available online free at

High school, family reunions planned

A 40-year combined class reunion for the Rantoul Township High School classes of 1973 and '74 is set for Aug. 9-10.

An informal get-together will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Rantoul Knights of Columbus Hall.

A night of entertainment is planned for 7 p.m. to midnight Aug. 10 at Eastland Suites in Urbana.

Organic growers' group sets tours, dance

The Illinois Organic Grower's Association will host farm tours at Tomahnous Farm, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by a farm tour at Blue Moon Farm, at 3:30 p.m.

The event will end with a barn dance from 6 to 11 p.m. at Prairie Fruits Farm.

Davis discusses coming Obamacare vote, farm bill

CHAMPAIGN — House Republicans will vote on a measure this week to delay implementation of the individual mandate portion of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said Monday.

And he'll support the effort, he said.

Davis, a longtime opponent of what he called "Obamacare," said the program is "an impending disaster."

Lee chosen for vacant Champaign school board seat

CHAMPAIGN — Kerris Lee is Champaign's newest school board member after the board selected him for the spot Monday.

Lee, who is 30 and lives in Savoy, will serve until April 2015. The seat was left open when former board member Stig Lanesskog resigned in June.

Getting Personal: Bill Pickett

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with 62-year-old Danville resident Bill Pickett, who has covered Vermilion County news for 45 years. He is the news director for Neuhoff Media radio stations WDNL, WDAN and K-Rock in Danville.