DACC teacher wins statewide honor

DANVILLE — Phillip Langley once shied away from a career in education after questioning his ability to relate to young people.

Not much happy talk in Clinton

CLINTON — No matter where you went Thursday in this DeWitt County city of 7,000 — from Carol Van Rheeden's chat with friends over coffee on the square downtown to the pews of the First Christian Church of Clinton — the same sore subject was on the tip of everyone's tongue.

What's in a name? Iron Horse

When it first opened in the late 1990s, Iron Horse golf course on the north side of Tuscola was fashioned in the image of the iconic iron horse steam locomotive. The tee boxes were even marked with miniature locomotive statues.

The course got its name in 1994 from then-Tuscola pharmacist Alan Batts, who won a name-the-golf-course contest (Batts was rewarded with a free season pass).

Area history, June 3, 2016

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Religion calendar, Jun 3-10, 2016

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Top of the morning, June 3, 2016

Lisa Meadows is going to miss her co-workers. And the unpredictability of predicting weather in Champaign County.

But when the nation's No. 20 media market called and offered her a job, she did what was best for her future.

UPDATED: Deep cuts this month for two homeless services

UPDATED 7:06 p.m. Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Strapped for cash as a result of Illinois' year-long budget logjam, Champaign County's mental and behavioral health agency Community Elements is being forced to make deep cuts in two programs serving homeless men and troubled youths.

Cub scouts to accept donations tonight for one of their own

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign cub scout Pack 98 is asking the community to help out one of its own Thursday night, a family that lost everything in the Memorial Day fire at Town Center Apartments complex in Champaign.

Area history, June 2, 2016

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'There is strength in a community of women'

MONTICELLO — When she was around 40, theater artist Jennifer Goran often visited Aunt Dottie's Doll Store in downtown Champaign.

There she would listen to the older women who gathered there talk about their lives and dolls.