Minister recounts attack in Paxton home

PAXTON -- At first, Jim Wood thought someone was playing a joke when he saw a masked man with a knife in his living room on Easter Sunday.

The Paxton minister quickly realized it wasn't.

C-U real-estate titan dies at 65

URBANA -- Businessman and philanthropist Clint Atkins died Sunday morning. He was 65.

Family members said Mr. Atkins died after a heart attack at about 4 a.m. in Lexington, Ky.

"He had a heart attack in the middle of the night in his sleep," said his wife, Susan Atkins. "It was totally unexpected."

Spring Pet Wash 2011: A benefit for the Champaign County Humane Society

The Omega Tau Sigma annual spring Pet Wash to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society at the UI Vet school in Urbana on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Last fall, a pet wash held by the group raised $1,600 for the Humane Society.

Freshman set to serve as DACC trustee

DANVILLE -- Before John Spezia takes his seat on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees, another newly elected trustee will be seated.

Hayley Lockwood, 18, of Catlin won the student trustee seat after running unopposed in a campuswide election on April 12 and 13.

Real-estate developer Clint Atkins dead at 65

Businessman and philanthropist Clint Atkins, owner of The Atkins Group, partner in Fox/Atkins Development and VersaBuoy International and developer of subdivisions and shopping centers in Champaign-Urbana, died Sunday morning. He was 65.

Family members said Mr. Atkins died after a heart attack in his sleep at about 4 a.m. in Lexington, Ky.

Book details effort to help women around the world

CHAMPAIGN -- Eight years ago, Stacey Edgar used a $2,000 tax refund to help launch a business that would sell goods made by women in developing countries.

Today that business, Global Girlfriend, rings up $2 million in annual sales.

The company sells jewelry, scarves, handbags, organic cotton apparel, candles and soaps, among other things.

La Due is city's longest-serving elected official

CHAMPAIGN -- With 26 years on his city council resume, Michael La Due was honored last week as the longest-serving elected official in the city's history.

The formal recognition, a resolution suddenly added to the city council agenda on Tuesday, was a surprise to him -- "We had not been allowed to review the legislation" before the meeting, he joked.

Search still on for dog lost in accident during storm

URBANA - Roberta Pense and Armand Poulin are hoping for "an Easter miracle" in the form of their returned dog, Opie.

"I have had so many calls of sightings but no dog yet," Pense said Saturday afternoon from her husband's room at Carle Foundation Hospital. "I haven't given up hope, though."

Garth to return for fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN - Actress Jennie Garth will be the featured speaker at this year's Go Red for Women luncheon, to be held May 26 at the I Hotel & Conference Center in Champaign.

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national campaign to help educate women about their heart disease risk and how to be champions of their own health.

Gearhead: Ernie VanDyke

Ernie VanDyke with a pair of 1932 supermodified Fords in Champaign, IL.

Robert K. O'Daniell

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