Life Remembered: Former Champaign mayor remained active in community

CHAMPAIGN — A former Champaign mayor who always had a joke and continued his community activism into his final years died last week.

Chaplain urges hope in aftermath of 9/11

URBANA — The Rev. John Sims challenged the people of Champaign County to live their lives with hope.

"What I learned from 9/11 is this: Live your life filled with hope and trust. Practice vigilance with respect. Love without limits," he said.

Gearhead: Greg Stallmeyer

Greg Stallmeyer builds custom hot rods, including these recent examples of his work.

Darrell Hoemann

Life Remembered: Project Gutenberg founder Michael Hart 'did it his way'

URBANA — Friends and family of Michael Hart remember him not only as an early producer and proponent of e-books, but also as an inveterate garage-saler who embraced many interests and often proved good at them.

Garden of the Week: Krannert Art Museum

Volunteers from the Krannert Art Museum have taken over the maintenance of the gardens.

Darrell Hoemann

Group passes $11,000 in drive to help Paxton pool

PAXTON — A Paxton group has raised more than $11,000 toward renovating the currently closed Paxton Park District pool at Coady Park.

The Save Our Pool committee, which formed in August, has received contributions from the community, the surrounding area and farther away, committee treasurer Gary Popel said.

UI retiree helped out for months after New York attack

RURAL CHAMPAIGN — Susan Warsaw has received awards and citations from New York officials and firefighters for her volunteer work in the trying days after Sept. 11, 2001. She's even on a set of heroes collector cards.

The University of Illinois retiree says none of that matters as much as the satisfaction of helping people.

Years-long absence ends; cannons back at war memorial in Westville

WESTVILLE - After an almost 15-year absence, two cannons that symbolize our nation's victory in World War II and became a part of Westville's local history have finally returned to their original spot at Zamberletti Park.

Hoopeston National Sweet Corn Festival - 2011

Images from the The National Sweet Corn Festival on Sunday at McFerren Park in Hoopeston, Illinois.

Workers begin restoration project on cemetery's oldest stones

LODA — For more than 100 years, the 19th-century tombstones of two young twin boys remained buried beneath their parents' gravestone in one of the oldest parts of Pine Ridge Cemetery.

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