Champaign County CASA scheduled training

URBANA — Champaign County CASA will conduct training classes for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 400 abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.

Advocates become the eyes and ears of the court and work with the child and social service agencies to ensure that the best interests of the child are met throughout the legal process.

UI history professor to discuss, sign new book in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Author Bruce Levine, a history professor at the University of Illinois, will discuss his book "The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South" on Jan. 9.

Dealt a tough hand, C-U native Nickerson persevered

Clarissa Nickerson grew up mostly in local foster homes, moving her stuff from place to place in garbage bags, and became a mom at age 16.

Now, Nickerson recently graduated with a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, will soon start a master's program in legal studies and plans to be a lawyer by the time she turns 30.

On the Town: Corvette Club


Corvette Club's donation to BETH'S Place and Christmas Party event in Champaign on Saturday December 1, 2012

New Names in the News Jan. 2, 2013

Aubrey Thomas

Christopher Thomas and Danee Deffenbaugh of Urbana have named their first child Aubrey Linn Thomas.

She was born at 2:12 p.m. Nov. 1 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces.

Miss Hoopeston 2013 set to be crowned Saturday

HOOPESTON — Miss Hoopeston 2013 will be crowned at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hoopeston Area High School Auditorium.

The public is invited to hear the candidates' speeches, which will be followed by the naming and crowning.

My Amish Home: Welcoming back routines as 2013 begins

"Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The Lord doeth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." — Psalm 147: 1-3

After almost 40 years, veteran C-U MTD driver retiring

URBANA — Forty years ago, Louie Fonseca was a sophomore at the University of Illinois, trying to work his way through school.

A Life Remembered: Microbiologist Woese was unconventional thinker

URBANA — Carl Woese thought about things a lot.

And when a question or problem drew his attention, he would ponder it not for weeks or months, but for years.

Business calendar Dec. 30, 2012

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Fireside Toastmasters. 5:45 to 7 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Improve communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Debra Custer at 621-0168 or or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or

Thursday, Jan. 10