Moore challenges attendees at United Way event

URBANA — When Wes Moore became the first black student at Johns Hopkins University to become a Rhodes Scholar, the Baltimore Sun featured a story about his achievement.

That same year, the newspaper published stories about another black man named Wes Moore, but this one faced murder charges for the killing of an off-duty police officer during an armed robbery.

United Way gets motivation from speaker

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    A group of donors to the United Way of Champaign County now have a greater appreciation of their efforts after hearing from a motivational speaker Wednesday night.  WDWS news reporter Tim Ditman has more.


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2 tales of ethics: Copying coupons and cutting off dates

I am a devoted coupon shopper, and I never lose a sense of awe about the savings coupons allow me to enjoy.

I can't imagine going back to shopping for groceries the old way, without my coupon wallet firmly in hand.

Urbana firefighter found elusive blaze

URBANA — It's not often that firefighters go out and find their own work, but that's what happened to a veteran Urbana firefighter early Monday.

Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley said Lt. Rod Eichorn not only fought the fire that destroyed the home of Marian Martin at 102 Meadow Drive, he found it as well.

Champaign reverend urges more civil dialogue in Calvin Miller talks

     A Champaign religious leader and former head of the Champaign County NAACP is speaking out about the Calvin Miller arrest.

     The Rev. Jerome Chambers said the police car video released Monday shows that Miller made the wrong decision when he ran from police, and that his father, Martel Miller, knows his son made a big mistake.

Local Boy Scout group to reorganize

     A local Boy Scouts organization has decided to reorganize its operations as a result of the weak economy, but officials say it should not affect its ability to serve area scouts.

Zombie Flash Mob

Multimedia of the students at the UI's Allen Hall as they created a Zombie Mob that danced to Michael Jackson's Thriller on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 in the lobby of the Krannert Center for Performing Arts.

Arcola raising money for mural project

     A committee in Arcola is busy raising money for a Walldogs mural project next spring and will hold another fundraising event this Friday.

Eighth-grader makes a difference at Community Service Center

RANTOUL — No one makes Nicole Miller go to the Community Service Center three times a week.

But Miller has a simple reason for being a constant presence at the building, at 520 E. Wabash Ave., Rantoul.

"I think it's really fun to help people (and) to make a difference," she said. "It's better than staying at home."

With cooler temperatures come pests

The cooler fall weather brings a lot of unwanted guests into our homes, places of business, and other buildings.

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Rhonda Ferree says spiders, mice and insects all try to find shelter from the cold weather.