Lead4Life teen members proud of event they planned

CHAMPAIGN — When the executive team members of Centennial High School's student-engagement committee, Lead4Life, began the program in seventh grade, they say they joined for something fun to do and an easy way to get out of class.

Area history, Aug. 6, 2016

Today is Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, residents of Kenwood, located 3 miles west of Champaign, are rejoicing over the fact that in a short time electricity will be installed in that vicinity.

Bob Swisher: Tuscola barn tour leads to rare find

I do not know why I collect old hardware but it has been a habit for at least 50 years.

So you can imagine how rare it is to see something you have never seen before. I recently got a tour of a real old (late 1800s) two-story barn with a cupola in Tuscola that is going to be restored.

Top of the morning, Aug. 6, 2016

Our story on Free Little Libraries hit home with readers, who have for a week let us know where to find them around the area. Today ...

Area history, Aug. 5, 2016

Today is Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Religion calendar, Aug. 5-11, 2016

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Local pastor attends ecological conference

Amy Thoren, pastor and director of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Champaign, recently attended an ecological conference in New York City, which featured former Vice President Al Gore and his daughter, Karenna.

United Way of Danville Area introduces next leader

DANVILLE — The incoming leader of the United Way of Danville Area is no stranger to the agency.

Sherri Askren served on the planning committee for the agency's inaugural Corporate Cup event in 2014 and participated on the First Illinois Credit Union's team.

UI's Whitman: 'We need a rabid and engaged fan base'

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Whitman sparked a fire in the Illinois fan base during his introductory press conference with the phrase "We will win."

It became a Twitter hashtag. A T-shirt line. Popular right up there with I-L-L followed by an I-N-I.

Fault no longer an issue in woman's suit against MTD

URBANA — A Champaign County jury now faces just one decision when a lawsuit comes to trial next week in connection with a bus-pedestrian accident, and that's how much money to award the woman who was seriously injured when she was hit by the bus.