'Extreme Couponing': What you don't see on TV

Dear Jill,

Have you seen "Extreme Couponing?" It can't be real, can it? I've never seen so many coupons for free food in my life. On the last episode, two shoppers had more than 700 coupons for free pizza. This is what you should be writing about in your column! — Fascinated Watcher

Dear Watcher,

Group donates $30,000 for teaching kitchen

URBANA — Flatlander Food Foundry is donating nearly $30,000 to help cover the costs of equipping Common Ground Food Co-Op's teaching kitchen, the group announced last week.

The Flatlander Fund was organized in July 2010, shortly after the death of chocolate entrepreneur Daniel H. Schreiber, to help carry out his visions.

Urbana police set for another bike giveaway

URBANA — Buoyed by the success of their first bike giveaway in December, the Urbana Police Department intends to do another.

This time the city will team up with the Champaign County sheriff's office to give away about 160 used bicycles. The village of Savoy is expected to throw in a few as well.

Champaign and Urbana Memorial Day Ceremonies: 5/28/12

Champaign and Urbana Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 28, 2012.

Still missing his wife of 36 years, man keeps himself occupied at Champaign laundromat


"Oh, boy," Charlie High sighs as he watches a college student drag in four heaping bags of laundry. "She won't finish in time."

Army vet reflects on loss of fellow soldier

PAXTON — Tyler Blackburn sometimes wishes he could have traded places with his good friend Julian Berisford, a soldier from West Virginia whom Blackburn came to know while they served in the Afghanistan War.

Former guard: Grueling duty also a satisfying one

FISHER — One day per year on Memorial Day, many Americans pay tribute to those who have fallen in the service of their country.

For three years of Matt Kreeb's life, every day was Memorial Day.

Graduation day: Milestone allows young man to reflect on battles already won

LeROY — Frankie Lunn was just another senior. He put on his cap and gown, walked up on stage and received his diploma from LeRoy High School.

A major milestone in the life of each student, graduation day is a celebration filled with reminiscing the past and anticipating the future.

McKinley Fitness Center up and running - and swimming and exercising

CHAMPAIGN — The McKinley Fitness Center is planning a May 29 ribbon-cutting at the old McKinley YMCA building — even though the fitness center has been operating since March 15.

"It's like our grand opening," said Donna Wright, a former YMCA employee who has been volunteering her time to the new fitness center. "We're ready to say, 'We can do this now. We're here to stay.'"

Getting Personal: Carol Mizrahi

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood  talks with novelist Carol Mizrahi, who owned a legendary Campustown bookstore, Acres of Books, and has started a blog called The Bottom Whine. Getting Personal appears first in print, ion Sundays.