Garcia's Pizza-in-a-Pan, which closed its longtime and final Campustown store location last month, should have a new campus-area shop up and running in a few months.
Co-owner Ralph Senn says a new location (to be disclosed soon, he promises) has been lined up and will open in early March.
CHAMPAIGN – A 7-year-old girl in an African country soon will be exclaiming over her collection of presents:
A T-shirt picturing a sparkly cat and dog, washcloths, plastic animals, a purple Teddy bear, flip flops, colored markers, tablet of paper, toothbrush and toothpaste, and hard candy.
Desmond Battles happily played the piano as he rehearsed a song for Saturday's Lincoln's Challenge Academy graduation ceremonies.
Battles has lost more than 35 pounds since the day he arrived on campus, and the teen from the South Side of Chicago considers himself a big winner.
HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Area Healthcare Foundation will present a Holiday Tour of Homes from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Featured on the tour are the homes of:
CHAMPAIGN – Let's just say this isn't a typical homeless shelter.
The kitchen is outfitted with modern cabinets and sleek black appliances. It opens onto a living room with leather furniture and wood laminate floors. The largest bedroom is a pink-and-white showpiece, complete with canopy, writing desk and wainscoting.
CHAMPAIGN – Last Christmas, 650 families received free toys and food through The Salvation Army's annual holiday giveaway.
This year, amid tough economic times, 950 families have signed up – almost a 50 percent increase.
"It's huge," said Salvation Army envoy Mike Fuqua.
TILTON – It's too early to tell what's going to happen to former workers at Tilton's General Motors Central Foundry plant, according to a local union official.
Ed Barney is president of United Auto Workers Local 579 and still a General Motors employee. His job is working with retirees and others receiving health care and pension benefits through the company. He's seen a lot, but is expecting more.
PAXTON – As a student at Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School, Ryan Coe lost his shoe during a cross-country race – yet kept on running.
After all, he had a race to finish.
Barack Obama promised change, and now we're going to get it – at his inaugural parade.
The two-hour-long parade following the president-elect's inauguration will feature the usual high school marching bands, drill teams, horse units and even the Jesse White Tumbling Team from Chicago.
James Ellis of Paxton has been appointed national deputy chief of staff for the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 2008-2009.
As deputy chief of staff, he will be involved with opening new posts, assisting existing ones and administering bylaws.