Urbana Middle School teachers addressing 'pass-out game'

URBANA — Urbana Middle School teachers are taking steps to educate students about the risks of self-induced fainting after a rash of incidents before, during and after school this week.

Homer resident touts vets monument

HOMER — A resident wants to honor the town's veterans.

Kim Graham has approached the village board and asked if it would be possible to place a veterans monument within the village.

"There were and are a lot of veterans from this area," Graham said. "It would be something a service member could visit and think back on."

Bible-based home for women in crisis needs more funding to complete building

CHAMPAIGN — More than four years after planning began to open a home in Champaign to serve as a refuge for women in crisis, the building project is still underway and needs a hand from the community.

Delegations from sister cities coming for a visit to Urbana

URBANA — Through an almost decade-old partnership with Sister Cities International, three villages, in three different countries, from three separate continents join with Urbana for municipal guidance and partnership. This month, two of the cities are sending delegates to Champaign County, to see up close how Urbana operates.

Upcoming auction loaded with great items

I seldom get advertising handbills for auctions that give me time to write about them, but I recently received one that promotes some interesting items and gives my readers about a week to make plans.

I'm talking about a Sohn Associates Auction at 4600 O'Hara Drive in Evansville, Ind., on Sept. 12. It begins at 9 a.m.

Area history, Sept. 5, 2015

Today is Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Rantoul police chief to retire

RANTOUL — Paul Farber had always been interested in law enforcement. But it wasn't until age 29 that he decided to make it his profession.

Nearly four decades later, the Rantoul chief of police has decided it's time to retire.

The 67-year-old Farber will take off his uniform for the last time at the end of the year.

Life Remembered: Ludwig a fan, a friend and a leader

OAKWOOD — The Illinois football team will be missing one of its biggest fans when it takes the field tonight at Memorial Stadium.

Area history, Sept. 4, 2015

Today is Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

He was asked to step up, so he did

Though Edward Feser is taking over as interim provost amid challenging circumstances, he believes he can accomplish a lot in the next year as the top academic officer on the Urbana campus.

When acting Chancellor Barb Wilson approached him, he was surprised. But he said it was hard to say no to her.