Women's shelter director uniquely qualified for his job

CHAMPAIGN – Pie-maker, handyman, British magistrate, marine archaeologist – who wouldn't hire this guy to run a homeless shelter?

Britain native John Sullivan, 39, has actually trained for his job – executive director of Champaign's Center for Women in Transition – for three decades. With a few career tangents along the way.

Anonymous UI benefactor helping victims' families

URBANA – A person affiliated with the University of Illinois has offered to make a large contribution to a fundraiser for the families of three Eastern Illinois University graduate students killed in an accident last week.

Actress honors father in gift for heart health

CHAMPAIGN – On Friday, Jennie Garth saw red.

The star of "90210" past and present came to Champaign not to talk about her work on TV or who designed her red shirt, but to talk about a disease that killed her father, and one that has appropriated red as its signature.

With trip canceled, volunteers lend a hand locally

Quick action by a Mahomet contractor kept his church's spring work trip from being canceled and also benefited an Urbana rehabilitation center.

Postal worker calling it quits at age 79

URBANA – Today's the day. Colleen Weir is finally going nonpostal after 29 years working for the postal service.

Friday was the last day of work at the Urbana post office for the 79-year-old rural Bement resident, and it was clear that, despite the barbs and wisecracks, her colleagues really will miss her.

Catlin Lions seek Citizen of Year nominations

CATLIN – The Catlin Lions Club is accepting nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year honor. Deadline is April 15.

Nominees should be from the Catlin area and have volunteered for community functions and causes. Ballots and ballot boxes are available at the Catlin IGA, Sandusky and Vermilion streets; First National Bank of Catlin, 202 S. Sandusky St.; Catlin Post Office, 201 S. Sandusky St.; and Catlin Public Library, 101 Mapleleaf Drive.

Area volunteers off helping to fight North Dakota flooding

A Tolono man is among 300 Red Cross volunteers from across the country who have traveled to North Dakota to help people affected by the flooding of the Red River.

Lou Fuentes of Tolono arrived at Fargo, N.D., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Danville boys' track team hosting memorial meet

DANVILLE – The public is invited to attend the third annual Reagan Williams Memorial track meet, hosted by the Danville High School boys' track team.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Danville High School Field House, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Centennial cements return to glory with state title

CHAMPAIGN – James Kinney entered his home gym holding the state championship trophy over his head, walked to the center and roared, as the fans filling the bleachers roared back.

Centennial High School celebrated the Chargers with a rally Saturday evening. The team beat Oswego 61-59 Saturday afternoon for its first boys' basketball state title and the city's first since Champaign High won in 1946.

Model-turned-scientist trying to pique students' interest

Surrounded by stacks of biology textbooks and popular science books, posters (one of the Periodic Table of the Elements, another of the film "Mama Mia") and a green-dress-wearing Barbie with long, dark locks, Joanne Manaster turns on the camera and waxes poetic about the inner child of scientists.

For this particular vlog, which she later posted on YouTube, she recommends reading science books aimed at middle school and high school students and written by Joy Hakim. Even if you're not a middle school or high school student.

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