Spotlight on Service, April 26, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Champaign County Humane Society

About the club

President: Anna Benjamin.

Origin: While it was first incorporated in 1903, the society's roots go back further, to 1889, when a group of 33 citizens organized a Champaign branch of the Illinois Humane Society.

Go figure: April 26, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


Special guests coming to Campustown this week — from both coasts ... and beyond.

Traditional lecture class transforms into interactive experience

URBANA — Some people plug away all day trying to log 10,000 steps on their Fitbits.

Brian Quick knocks out more than half that in one 50-minute lecture class.

"I move around, and my Fitbit will reflect that," says the University of Illinois communication professor, who guesses he's logged up to 6,000 steps in one lecture.

Area history, April 26, 2016

Today is Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, April 26, 2016

A tribute to Prince appeared over the weekend on the side of an electrical box north of The News-Gazette, someone going to a lot of work — and a lot of glue — to honor the late musician.

Raising their voice for a good cause

URBANA — In all her years working at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Mary Hodson couldn't help but be distracted by the commotion coming from a dining room every Thursday morning.

That's when a group of do-gooders dropped by to sing "Bye, Bye, Blackbird," "America the Beautiful" and other resident favorites for an hour.

Area history, April 25, 2016

In 1916, authorities in Kankakee have found no trace of Gus Penman, the slayer of Harold Shaw of Urbana, who escaped Saturday night from the Kankakee County Jail. The complete disappearance of Penman and other prisoners without leave a clue leads to the belief that they are still in Kankakee County, probably hiding in a secluded spot along the Kankakee River.

The end of a way of life

CAMARGO — The closing of a general store that's served Camargo for nearly 70 years will mean much more than an empty building on Main Street.

For residents in this small, cozy Douglas County community, the end of business Saturday will also mark the end of a way of life here.

Don Follis: Feeling truly heard makes a person feel loved

When I was 23 and brand new to campus ministry at the University of Illinois, I met a pastor who was about 60. He noticed my youthful zeal and then took it upon himself to warn me about being "too friendly." People will come and people will go, he said. So will pastors, he warned. "You'll probably be gone in five years yourself. That's just how it goes."

Flush with amenities

URBANA — A petite vanity, a sink with hot and cold running water, a mirror for primping and, oh my, a flushing toilet.

This is not your parents' port-a-potty.

Not even close.

"People say 'portable toilets, yuck,'" said Michelle Van Wynen, with Urbana-based Gulliford Services/Illinois Portable Toilets.