Group sets meeting Friday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A regional meeting of a disabled-citizens' group is set for Friday in Champaign.

The Region 8 meeting of the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Longtime RTHS school chief set inspirational standard

RANTOUL – He played football against Ronald Reagan. He is believed to have been the oldest Rotarian in Illinois. And he served Rantoul Township High School as superintendent for more than 30 years.

Lynn Gibbs was remembered as a man who didn't like to boast about his accomplishments, yet accomplished a great deal while inspiring many of those around him.

Students to collect change to help children

Money raised will help group pay to train advocates

DANVILLE – Vermilion County students will be raiding their piggy banks and looking for loose change under couch cushions and in dresser drawers to help abused and neglected children.

Teen seeks donations to help feed Haiti's most vulnerable

GEORGETOWN – Sixteen-year-old Amanda Stanton was on a two-week mission trip to Haiti when a massive earthquake destroyed the country's capital.

Certain individuals qualify for free tax form assistance

DANVILLE – The AARP-sponsored tax program will provide free tax assistance to taxpayers with low or moderate incomes, the handicapped and the elderly beginning Monday through April 15.

Volunteer counselors, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will operate counseling desks at the following times, days and sites:

Fund established to help Haitian students

DANVILLE – A Danville Area Community College organization today is launching an effort to help earthquake victims in Haiti, as well as three international students from that country.

Donated medical aid heads to help earthquake victims

CHAMPAIGN – Leanna Cossman and her husband, Ron, of Champaign loaded up their Honda van Thursday with 500 pounds of medical supplies donated by Christie Clinic and bound for earthquake victims in Haiti.

Cossman is a registered nurse who has helped victims from a variety of disasters, ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the Chicago heat wave, the Decatur ice storm and the Quincy floods.

Women's shelter wants to be a lot busier

CHAMPAIGN – This may sound like good news: an emergency shelter for homeless women hasn't had much business this winter.

But volunteers say they know there are women on the streets, so they're trying to spread the word about Austin's Place, an overnight shelter at First United Methodist Church in downtown Champaign.

Tuscola veteran attends State of Union as Durbin's guest

WASHINGTON – From Tuscola to Korea to Iraq and Afghanistan and now the Capitol Building, Army Sgt. 1st Class John Wright's path has been littered with troubles and triumphs.

On Wednesday, the Bronze Star winner who at 18 was looking at a career in the Tuscola IGA was Sen. Dick Durbin's guest at President Barack Obama's first State of the Union speech and reception.

Group to put prom-style dresses in reach of more girls

HOOPESTON – Virginia Yaden has four daughters and an abundance of fancy dresses from events her girls have attended.

The Hoopeston mom asked the Hoopeston Multi Agency if it would like to become involved in making prom and farewell dance dresses and accessories available to area girls and their families.

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