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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.