Mahomet 5K and Half Marathon August 18, 2012

A 5K and half marathon was held in Mahomet, Ill.  on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  All proceeds of the event go to the Mahomet Area Youth Club.

Heavenly Seven Back to School Giveaway 2012

The: Heavenly Seven had their 5th Annual Back To School Give Away at the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center  in Urbana Saturday August 18, 2012.  

Champaign police seeking information on missing 13-year-old

The Champaign Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a 13-year-old reported missing Thursday.

Authorities are looking for Jamona K. Collier, who was last seen at 2 p.m. last Tuesday. Her grandfather reported her missing Thursday and said she left home without permission.

Getting Personal: Jim Angel


Sam Banks focusing on rebuilding connections with community

CHAMPAIGN — In his first weeks of leading the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Sam Banks is thinking a lot about rebuilding connections.

This Champaign agency serving local kids needs a strong link to the local community and "we've lost some of that," he says.

Finson 'humbled' to become judge

MONTICELLO — William Hugh Finson did not have to leave Monticello to fulfill his dreams.

The 64-year old attorney and lifelong local resident was named Sixth Judicial Court judge last month.

Studio Visit: 'Lumiere Brothers' Scott Aigner and Derek Clem

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Scott Aigner and Derek Clem, the Lumiere Brothers. In the Aug. 12 newspaper, we'll have a visit with songwriter and musician Margaret O'Brien of Monticello.

Life Remembered: Harrington 'dedicated to town, family, community'

CHAMPAIGN — Friends and associates of Tom Harrington Sr. remember him as a likable attorney comfortable in both legal and business circles and dedicated to the establishment of a Catholic high school in Champaign-Urbana.

Mr. Harrington, 81, of Champaign died Wednesday at home after an extended illness.

Vigil held for students killed in Wisconsin, mosque burning in Missouri

URBANA — Simran Singh, a University of Illinois student who belongs to the Sikh faith, said he became scared when he first heard of the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

"My parents called me in the middle of the night from India and asked if I was OK," he said. "I was scared when I turned on the news."

Alternate Mater: How a statue's pose was recreated

You may have seen a photo making the rounds, of a group of people recreating the pose of the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois campus, after the statue was removed on Tuesday from its pedestal for renovation that will take the next several months.