Tax help program gets new volunteers, will offer more hours than last year

CHAMPAIGN — A plea for new volunteers for the AARP Tax Aide program has yielded bountiful results.

"It's fantastic. We had in the neighborhood of 25 new volunteers," said Hal Loebach, technology coordinator for Tax Aide in downstate Illinois.

Tax-Aide seeks new location

CHAMPAIGN — A volunteer program that helps seniors and others figure their taxes is looking for a new home, now that space at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village is no longer available.

The AARP Tax Aide program has offered tax assistance for drop-in clients at the mall for "probably 10-plus" years, said Hal Loebach, technology coordinator for Tax Aide in downstate Illinois.

Speakers urge high school students to make a difference

CHAMPAIGN — Speakers at Day On for Service program Monday remembered the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of civil rights locally.

But they also emphasized to high school students attending that they can make a difference in their own community today.

Ceremony shares visions of King's dream

URBANA — Even during President Barack Obama's first term, post-racial America is still a dream, but people of different backgrounds can continue to move toward the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s goals if they "exhaust" themselves.

Getting Personal: Julie Beyler

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, News-Gazette staff writer Melissa Merli chats with Mahomet resident Julie Beyler, a music teacher with a studio in her home, a singer, a conductor by profession and the founding director of The Chorale. Getting Personal appears first in print., in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the Jan.

Studio Visit: Daniel Southerland

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Daniel Southerland, conductor of the Urbana Pops Orchestra. In the Jan. 15 newspaper, a visit with dance teacher Kate Kuper.

Q: What brings you to Champaign on this snowy day?

King speaker: Civil rights leader pursued 'genuine brotherhood'

CHAMPAIGN — The man who took over Barack Obama's seat in the Illinois Senate when the future president was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 says that providing only money isn't enough to solve society's challenges.

The 11th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration 2012


The 11th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration,"Striving for Genuine Brotherhood"  at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. 

Central students to honor King by volunteering

CHAMPAIGN — Community members are invited to join Central High School students as they volunteer to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The "Day On for Service" is scheduled for Monday both at the high school and around town. It will start with a commemoration program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central High School library.

Wiley assembly reminds students of King ahead of holiday

URBANA — The words in spirituals, protest songs and jazz and blues music tell the history of blacks and civil rights in the United States.

But when they're sung by students at Wiley Elementary School in Urbana, they seem even more special, more historic, more hopeful.

The students put on an assembly Thursday to remember the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.