St Baldrick's at Central HS 2011


Thirteen heads were shaved during as assembly at Central high school in Champaign, IL. Wednesday, March 16, 2011.    They raised over $5000 dollars for childhood cancer research.

No U.S. personnel missing after Japan quake

Department of Defense spokesmen said Monday that no military or civilian personnel are missing as a result of last weekend's tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.

"We are not aware of anybody missing to date," Navy Commander Leslie Hull-Ryde, Department of Defense press spokeswoman for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs for East, South and Southeast Asia.

2011 Cattle Bank

University high student volunteers  at the Champaign County Historical Museum at the Cattle Bank in Champaign on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

Measure of care at Grandview Memorial Gardens challenged

CHAMPAIGN – March isn't a pretty time of year for cemeteries.

The ground over some graves may settle and, when driven over recently thawed ground, tractors easily sink into the mud.

Drill Teams at the Assembly Hall 2011

Photos from the Illinois Drill Team Association state finals at the Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL. Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Couple hit by motorist maintained independence in spite of disabilities

CHAMPAIGN – Dave and Cindy Combs were the living embodiment of the mission of the Developmental Services Center.

Offered just a little helping hand, the couple who had intellectual disabilities were able to live fulfilling lives fairly independently in the community.

Life Remembered: Earl Riggins, survivor of USS Indianapolis sinking

OAKLAND – One of the last few dozen survivors of the worst open-sea tragedy in United States naval history passed quietly Wednesday in a Decatur nursing home.

Earl Riggins was 86.

An advocate for social justice, Royer leaving job with five decades of memories

Tucked away in the Rev. Tom Royer's overflowing office is a plain box with a sacred name: the Ark of the Covenant.

It holds priceless treasures he's collected during his 50-year journey as a priest – no expensive chalices or religious icons, but humble items like a worn brown children's shoe.

Indiana legislators in Urbana get support from labor

URBANA – The signs said it all. "This is About Everything." "Thank you, legislators."

On a chilly, damp Saturday afternoon, about 150 people lined North Lincoln Avenue outside the motel where Democratic legislators from Indiana have been holed up for five days in a "time-out" from their Republican colleagues.

Welcome to Champaign!

I thank the gentleman from the other side of the Birkenstock Curtain for his report.

But I respectfully suggest that if his desire is truly to illuminate the high points of the temporary home of our neighbors to the east, he has left out a few items.