Champaign church given until Friday to get tents down

CHAMPAIGN – The city's zoning administrator has given St. Mary Catholic Church until this Friday to dismantle the Safe Haven tent community on its grounds.

Gibson City man raising funds by going home on bike

GIBSON CITY – Stories abound about people who come home to their roots. But few do so by traveling 2,500 miles by bicycle, and even fewer do it to raise money for their hometown soccer club.

That's what Paul Supawanich, 26, is doing over the next few weeks – bicycling from the San Francisco Bay Area to Gibson City, his hometown.

Mail carrier reaches five decades on the job

CHAMPAIGN – An August day in Champaign might be a long day for anyone who works in the sun, but for one letter carrier, Thursday was a short day.


Fellow mail carriers split up Larry Long's mail route so he could take the day off as he was recognized for 50 years of service.

Developmental Services Center is done cutting - for now

CHAMPAIGN – Developmental Services Center has shelved plans for more staffing cuts, at least for now.

The Champaign-based agency that provides services and housing for people with developmental disabilities was forced to cut 14 full-time and nine part-time staff members last month due to state funding cuts.

4 Vermilion health care workers to get jobs back

DANVILLE – Four Vermilion County Health Department workers who were laid off in mid-July are returning to their jobs after the state restored $145,000 in funding for the department's Healthy Families Illinois program.

Effective July 1, local funding for the program had been cut by the state by 75 percent, forcing the health department to eliminate four assessment and support workers.

Danville charity firing up grill to host 8th free dinner

DANVILLE – Danville Foodstock will host its eighth free dinner in Tilton on Sunday.

The dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Tilton public use building, adjacent to the Tilton ball park complex, 501 N. Mayfield St. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

Fithian 18-year-old taking year to lead Illinois FFA

FITHIAN – This year, Amie Burke is getting a start on a career in agricultural education, but she's not heading off to college.

The 18-year-old Fithian resident is spending the year working with local FFA chapters and promoting ag education throughout the state as the 2009-10 Illinois FFA president.

Vermilion airport worker dies fulfilling life's ambition

DANVILLE – A fixture at the Vermilion Regional Airport died doing one of the things he loved best – working on airplanes, authorities said.

Mike Burgett, 67, of Milford, was pronounced dead at 6:52 a.m. Tuesday at the airport on North Bowman Ave- nue, north of Danville, Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

More late-birthday kids waiting a year for kindergarten

Olivia Treakle has been practicing her letters at home, and she knows how to spell "dog."

She's looking forward to learning more words in kindergarten, and learning to read. But mostly she's excited about wearing her new pink and white gym shoes to school.

Central student misses junior year to fight ovarian cancer

CHAMPAIGN – How many teenage girls have ever had to do this?

On a winter morning six months ago, Bree Etheridge covered her bald head with a wig and set off to brave the halls of Champaign Central High School – minus her eyebrows and eyelashes and her body still puffy from medications.

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