1976 Time Capsule: Found June 16, 2011.


A time capsule from July 4, 1976  was found at the Champaign Chamber of Commerce Building on Kirby and State Streets  in Champaign on Thursday, June 16, 2011. 

Bicentennial time capsule discovered by accident in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Jason James was looking for some electrical wiring.

He knew it had to be there, in a concrete base next to a flagpole at the building at 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. He was going to install a light fixture so the new headquarters of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce could have a flag illuminated at night.

Rubber ducks move from pharmacy to pediatrics floor

URBANA — It all started with a little rubber duck somebody left behind at the pharmacy counter.

Dee Ann Hart, a Carle RxExpress technician, noticed this duck did a pretty good job of helping a little boy sit still when he'd come with his parents to pick up prescriptions.

So when the duck was stolen one day, she went out and bought a replacement duck.

A Sesquicentennial Mural for Champaign

Muralist Glen C. Davies was working toward finishing a mural in the Champaign City Building for the end of the city's sesquicentennial celebration. 

Champaign's celebration nears close with mural, time capsule, photo

CHAMPAIGN — The city's sesquicentennial celebration is drawing to a close, but maybe when the bicentennial rolls around, residents 50 years from now will have something to look back on.

Life Remembered: Ben Cox, one of Freedom Riders

Five decades before he died Sunday at 79, the Rev. Ben Elton Cox Sr. risked his life as one of 13 original Freedom Riders, insisting on desegregating interstate travel in the Deep South during the early 1960s.

Goal for 2011 Relay for Life: $300,000

CHAMPAIGN — Relay for Life Champaign County has a $300,000 fund-raising goal this year. says co-chair Michelle Grindley.

And there's less than a week left to get there.

Relay for Life Champaign County is set for June 18 at Centennial High School, 913 S. Crescent Drive, C.

As Relay for Life nears, Champaign woman shows fighting spirit

CHAMPAIGN — Reesa Burgstrom was seven months pregnant with her second daughter when she found the lump in her breast.

Three years later — her cancer at stage four, but her determination to live every single minute going strong — she's invited 600 people to join her team for this year's Relay for Life.

Duckworth to be featured speaker at Rantoul event

L. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, nominated by President Obama to serve as the Department of Veterans Affairs assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, will be the featured speaker at Women with Wings.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 at Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul.

Garden of the Week: Karen and Danny McCartney

Karen and Danny McCartney’s garden began as a demonstration garden for her father’s business, Bilek Greenhouses in Rantoul.  The business has since closed but the garden continues to grow.