Metaphysics group offering alcohol-free New Year's Eve

URBANA – If you don't want to spend New Year's Eve in a bar, there is an option for you besides The Chorale's annual "C-U at the Virginia" concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

The School of Metaphysics in Urbana will usher in the New Year on Thursday evening at the Red Herring Restaurant with a non-alcoholic evening that will honor different religions and cultures.

Urbana man hopes for a miracle - a kidney donor

URBANA – On a long list of people waiting for a miracle, Frank Dickerson doesn't know when his turn will come.

Or if it will ever come.

But he can tell you something about what it's like to live on hope, even after another year comes to an end without the one thing he needs most: a new kidney.

Life Remembered: Farewell to N-G journalist Becky Mabry

HOMER – Becky Mabry, who loved Elvis, horses, Amish pie and everything else Amish, and especially her family, died Thursday after a courageous 12-year battle with cancer.

N-G editor, writer Becky Mabry dies at 60

HOMER – Becky Mabry, who loved Elvis, horses, Amish pie (and everything else Amish) and especially her family, died Thursday after a courageous 12-year battle with cancer.

Visitation for The News-Gazette's features editor will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Caroling group has performed for almost 50 years

URBANA – Most caroling groups sing on the doorstep, take a little money and then go away. That's not the way the Temperley Singers do it.

Following prearranged schedules, they enter the homes of friends and colleagues to sing, traveling at a brisk pace to perform at three places an evening. At each, after singing, they socialize and fortify themselves with refreshments before moving on to the next gig.

Woman collects Nativity scenes as testament to faith

RANTOUL – Setting up Christmas decorations can take awhile, but few invest more time in it than Zelma Neal of Rantoul.

Neal estimates it would take about three days to set up all the Nativity scenes that she owns.

'Christmas Carol' to be presented in radio show

URBANA – WILL Radio will return to the old-fashioned days of radio today by broadcasting Nick Schneider's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" twice, both on AM and FM.

The radio adaptation will air at 10:06 a.m. on WILL AM 580 and at noon at WILL FM 90.9. The show runs about 80 minutes.

98-year-old's crocheting leads Tree of Warmth efforts

The Champaign County YMCA's Tree of Warmth is stocked with hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and similar items.

They'll be donated to schools, local charities and "wherever there's a need," said Donna Wright, the YMCA's membership director.

Proposal emerges for historical society relocation

GEORGETOWN – City officials agreed to a proposal on Monday that would lay out the terms by which the Georgetown Historical Society could move its exhibits to the former public library building.

Earlier this month, Georgetown Historical Society members told Georgetown City Council members that the Historical House at the corner of Huffman and North Main streets needs repairs to its foundation, has a termite infestation, needs new windows and a repainting, and is currently open to the public only by appointment.

Frugal couple making giving to charity their mission

CHAMPAIGN – Suja Thomas and Scott Bahr don't have cable television. They drive a 10-year-old car. They avoid expensive restaurants, and they don't shop much any more.

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