FISHER – A memorial fund has been set up for the widow and the unborn daughter of a Fisher soldier killed in Iraq earlier this month, the family says.
Army Pfc. Danny L. Kimme, 27, was killed with two other soldiers in Balad, Iraq, on Jan. 16.
WESTVILLE – The last thing most people would do on a freezing winter day with a minus-20-degree windchill is stand outside and pump gas – for other people.
And not for pay, or even a donation.
DANVILLE – What began as a doublewide mobile home grew over the 42 years Willard and Arlene Sapp lived in the house on Murray Clark Road.
On Tuesday, the couple just "ran down the road" to their son's house, leaving their oldest daughter and a granddaughter at home. Then they got the call that their house was on fire.
URBANA – Sam Banks, the public face of Cunningham Children's Home for two decades, will leave next month to take a new job in suburban Chicago.
Cunningham's president and chief executive officer since 1988, Banks has accepted a job as CEO of Glenwood School for Boys and Girls. His last day at Cunningham will be Feb. 29.
SPRINGFIELD – Molly Reeves of Danville was feeling a little overwhelmed Monday morning after taking the title of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs convention in Springfield on Sunday evening.
"Things are a little crazy this morning," Reeves said.
DANVILLE – As a youngster, Danville native Bryan Wilson made his recording debut in 1994 with the Mississippi Children's Choir singing "His Eye is on the Sparrow."
His high notes as a 12-year-old won him gospel music Dove and Stellar award nominations as well as two solo CDs and tours with other gospel artists, but a voice change and timeout to concentrate on his education left his career on the back burner.
FISHER – A Fisher native, Army Pfc. Danny L. Kimme, 27, was killed in Balad, Iraq, on Wednesday.
The Department of Defense announced the deaths of three soldiers Thursday who were serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While stationed in Iraq, a Mahomet soldier dreamed up a superpatriotic motorcycle – and it'll be on TV tonight.
In fact, Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Richard Crawford's creation will be on two episodes of the "American Chopper" show featuring the Orange County Chopper family, premiering at 8 p.m. on The Learning Channel.
CHAMPAIGN – When Marine Reserve Maj. Andrew Rice isn't flying helicopters, he's studying computers.
So chatting with his family from Iraq via videoconferencing comes naturally to him. They talk about plans to return home, his niece Sylvia's quilt drawing and niece Maren's favorite letters of the alphabet.
FARMER CITY – New Farmer City Manager Trent Smith will have nearly full-time use of a new city-owned car, even though it was not part of his original employment contract.
The 2007 Malibu Maxx was purchased from Baum Chevrolet for $14,300 plus license, title and fees. It replaces a car the city was leasing for Smith's use. Mayor Delwin "Buster" Kirby described the purchase at Monday night's meeting as cheaper than the lease.