NEW YORK — Jack Wright's alarm went off at midnight today.
The Urbana High School senior woke up before the sun was even close to rising to prepare for his national musical debut: performing with about 30 other trumpet players in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as a member of the 2014 Great American Marching Band.
CHAMPAIGN — Robert Grossman is opening up portions of The Lodge on Hill for a holiday open house that will serve as a fund-raiser for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
Robin McClain was the one handing out turkeys. But she was as thankful as anyone in line last Sunday at Peoria's Manual Academy.
That's because every exchange was accompanied by kind words about the impact of her late husband, Wayne.
"There were a lot of condolences, a lot of hugs, a lot of tears," Robin said. "It felt so good."
Medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield have been elected to leadership positions as officers, representatives and committee members for the 2014-15 school year including two from the area.
Bryan Kidd, son of Rick and Nancy Kidd of St. Joseph, was elected chair of the fourth-year class.
Kitty Schwartz and her fellow Habitat for Humanity club members' cash collecting efforts paid off: Urbana High School blew Champaign Central and Centennial out of the water, raising nearly $500 for the local Habitat's "Veteran Thanks" project.
"These are the things that ye shall do; speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgement of truth and peace in your gates; and let none or you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: For all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord." Zechariah 8:16-17
Champaign Rotary's Student Recognition spotlight turned on three high achievers from Judah Christian High School at a Nov. 17 luncheon: Jacob Clark (academics), Brookelyn Childers (athletics) and Elijah Peecher (activities). All three were introduced and spoke to the gathering.
Clark was described as "studious, driven — yet balanced."
This week Paul Wood chats with Granger Smith, 35, a Texas native who has been called “the future of country music.” Smith and his band play at 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U. As a bonus, his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. will play a song or two.