Gearhead: Tom Nation

Tom Nation knows what he likes and he likes Studebakers  and he has some classic models.

Life Remembered: Opal Thompson, the 'Queen of Camargo'

CAMARGO – Opal Thompson, who died on Tuesday at the age of 84, owned and operated Thompson's Grocery Store in Camargo for 64 years. But many will tell you that Mrs. Thompson meant much more than that to this small Douglas County community where she lived, served and worked for all those years.

Home in Champaign makes National Register

CHAMPAIGN – An 1893 home with an extensive 1920s-era addition designed by architect George Ramey was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

First Christian Church Christmas Dinner

 Christmas dinner at the First Christian Church in Champaign, on SAturday, Dec. 25, 2010.

Life-alert system saves two from smoky garage fire

URBANA – An elderly Urbana man and his adult daughter got out of a smoky duplex just fine early Friday thanks to a home life-alert system.

Carroll Fire Chief Steve Thuney said his department was summoned at about 3:15 a.m. to what he described as a small fire in a garage at 1113 Brad Drive in the Willow Springs complex in northeast Urbana.

Life Remembered: St. Malachy priest had impact

RANTOUL – The Rev. Michael J. Bies was only assigned to St. Malachy Catholic Church in Rantoul for a short time, but he made a big impact, said one person who knew him.

The Rev. Bies died last week of cancer, at the rectory of St. Paul Catholic Church, Odell. He was 54.

Meet the 'Griswolds' of Mahomet

MAHOMET – It began as a few lights on the shrubs and the light pole 30 years ago.

"It just started growing from there," said Dixie Schoonover.

Now the holiday display at the Timberview Drive home of Dixie and her husband George has about 80,000 lights that cover the home's roof, trees, bushes, windows and even part of the neighbor's yard.

Community project continues holiday tradition

PAXTON – The need to help others "hit home" when Sally Warnick lost her job as office manager at Concrete Technology Inc. in the spring of 2009.

Cancer society seeks volunteer cosmetologists

CHARLESTON – Women undergoing cancer treatments often feel they don't look their best, but cosmetologists willing to volunteer some time can help give them a confidence boost.

Anonymous donors help out working man

CHAMPAIGN – Marvin Pickett faced a Christmas quandary Wednesday – he doesn't want to take, but people want to give.