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.

DACC official organizes benefit for animal shelter

DANVILLE – Before moving back to Danville, Dawn Nasser worked at a Humane Society in Savannah, Ga., and before she moved away, she volunteered at the Vermilion County Animal Shelter.

These experiences made her keenly aware of the needs of shelters, especially in winter.

GCMS board approves higher tax levy

GIBSON CITY – GCMS school board members gave final approval to a 7.8 percent increase in a tax levy to fund the 2011-12 school year's budget.

Blood banks seek donors over next weeks

URBANA – Blood donations are greatly needed over the next few weeks, according to Community Blood Services of Illinois.

Donor centers in Urbana, Rantoul, Mattoon and Danville will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, but open on other days through the end of the month.

Life Remembered: Lonnie Clark long a voice on civic issues

URBANA – Friends say the community has lost a great leader, civil activist and passionate golfer.

A former Urbana alderman, although that is only one highlight in a long list of his civic activities, Lonnie Clark Sr. died on Dec. 10 at the age of 70.

Robeson family puts history down on paper

CHAMPAIGN – It took more than 10 years to compile and publish a history of Robeson's Department Store and the family behind it.

But after a succession of collaborators, "Remembering Robeson's" is finally available.

Gearhead: Chuck Hanner

Chuck Hanner likes classic muscle cars, and found his 1966 Pontiac GTO to replace the 1965 GTO he wishes he had never sold.

Has shovel, will travel

If there was any time you could make a living shoveling snow, a blizzard might be that time.

But Marvin Pickett, 49, of Champaign, spent all day Sunday pedaling his bicycle around town in whiteout conditions, a long time with winds chills below zero.

Churches reach out to people facing hardships

Feeling joyful or celebratory at Christmas is not so easy for people who are having emotional or financial difficulties.

Several area churches are recognizing that with a "Blue Christmas" service aimed at those facing hardships at this time of year, including emotional or spiritual concerns such as the death of a loved one, a divorce or the absence of family.

Life Remembered: Edwin Jahiel was 'committed to film'

URBANA – Edwin Jahiel, after 85 years that included being a resistance fighter in World War II, a longtime University of Illinois professor and movie reviewer for The News-Gazette, died Tuesday.