Jessie's first fight



Jessie Bushman's back grazes the top rope of the ring, making it vibrate gently in contrast to the violence all around. Her hands, mummy-wrapped and fitted with two red gloves, are pinned to her abdomen. She's trying to breathe.


Getting Personal: Larry Fredrickson

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with 60-year-old Savoy resident Larry Fredrickson. The WDWS-WHMS-WUIL radio employee develops marketing plans for advertising clients and plays drums in the Tons O' Fun Band.

Paxton woman collecting prom dresses for others to use

PAXTON — A Paxton woman is asking people to donate their used prom dresses so they can be rented or sold at a low cost to local teenagers who might otherwise not be able to afford them.

'Geek renaissance' extends to 'bleeks'

URBANA — An urban fashion trend has taken hold among NBA stars, reminiscent of a certain '90s sitcom nerd.

Call it "Urkel" style. Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are sporting suspenders, cardigans, bow ties, even huge glasses.

Robbery victim gets unexpected -- and welcome -- anonymous surprise

URBANA — James Winston got a huge bonus Friday that many employees never do: the gift of being appreciated.

The 63-year-old southeast Urbana barber was robbed at gunpoint a week ago in his business inside the Sunnycrest Mall.

Danville singers deliver melodious messages, smiles to area sweeties

DANVILLE — Paul Ziebert is sitting at the dining room table, listening to the afternoon farm report.

Jennie Richey, his late wife's caregiver, and now his, is doing the dishes in the kitchen.

Scholarship talent show set at Centennial

The annual Scholarship Talent Show sponsored by the African-American Culture Club at Centennial High School is scheduled for Saturday.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. in the Aldridge Auditorium.

This year's theme is, "Rags 2 Riches," and the cost is $5.

Group says child poverty on the rise

URBANA — More than one in five Champaign County kids were living in poverty in 2011, according to the new Kids Count report released this morning.

The county's child poverty rate nearly doubled in 12 years, growing from 12 percent in 1999 to 23 percent in 2011.

The child poverty rate in Vermilion County also grew in that same time span, from 19 percent to 35 percent.

Actor makes his disease work for him: Turner to speak at Carle event

URBANA — The sudden raging hunger and unquenchable thirst, the countless trips to the bathroom day and night.

Even more than 40 years later, actor Jim Turner describes the onset of his Type 1 diabetes when he was a high school junior like a teenage boy's living nightmare.

New daughter has Fisher couple 'starting over'

FISHER — Forgive Kevin or Julie Dockham if you hear them humming the John Lennon tune "(Just Like) Starting Over."