Second Thies as president is a first for bar association

URBANA — Urbana attorney John Thies has been installed as president of the 33,000-member Illinois State Bar Association, occupying an office held by his father, Richard, 26 years ago.

It's the first time the association has had a father and son serve as president, even though the U.S. has had two father-son duos — the Adamses and Bushes — in the Oval Office.

14th annual poker run set for July 7

DANVILLE — The Danville firefighters' International Association of Firefighters Local 429 and the Friendly Tavern are sponsoring their 14th poker run on July 7, with proceeds from the event going to help local veterans.

Danville board to vote on naming alternative school for war hero

DANVILLE — The Danville school district's alternative education program will move into a new home this fall, and it could get a new name as well.

Program staff is recommending that the alternative school be named after Medal of Honor recipient Major Kenneth D. Bailey.

Rantoul youth follows father's bike tracks

When young William Storm of Rantoul found out that his father, Dave, had raced BMX bicycles in his teens and finished second in the state in 1985, he decided he'd like to follow in his father's footsteps. Or in this case, his bike tracks.

Nine-year-old William has done his father one better. He not only won the state, he won the Midwest championships.

Getting Personal: Lindsey Gates-Markel

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Lindsey Gates-Markel, a copy editor at Wolfram Research and a freelance editor. Getting Personal appears first in print, on Sundays. In the June 17 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Phil Strang, the facility manager at Foellinger Auditorium.   

Is it time to wipe slate clean in Bristol Place?

City officials fear best way to clean up neighborhood is to level it — and at least some of the residents agree

CHAMPAIGN — Two months ago, a FedEx carrier tried to deliver a package to a white, two-story home with a good view of the Canadian National railroad tracks and an Ameren Illinois substation. No one was home.

2012 Champaign County Fair Queen pageant

Over 200 people watched as Chandler Bruns of Gifford was crowned the 2012 Champaign County Fair Queen at Rantoul High School on Saturday, June 16, 2012

ALS patient gets happy surprise

It was a birthday surprise.

More than 100 caregivers, friends and well-wishers met at Hessel Park early Friday afternoon and marched with balloons and banners to the nearby home of Tricia Evans, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Wounded in Afghanistan, dad to get special visit

Six-year-old Brie Goudie already has the perfect present planned for her Daddy on Father's Day.

"I am going to give my Daddy a big hug and a big kiss," she said.

Brie traveled Friday monrning with her mother and grandmother from her home in Villa Grove to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to deliver her special present.

Three Danville natives in town to sing

DANVILLE — First it was Bryan Wilson singing "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" with the Mississippi Children's Choir.

Then it was Jared Yates making it to Hollywood as one of the "American Idol" finalists.

And then, it was Christian Cunningham, winning the teen version of "The Voice" on NBC's "Today" show last month.