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Storm survivor heading home aboard freighter

GILMAN – An Iroquois County educator is taking a slow journey home after surviving a cyclone at sea off the coast of Madagascar.


Former police investigator remembered as a generous person

CHAMPAIGN – He was a cop, a real-estate salesman, a restaurateur and a deputy coroner. He was a husband, father, grandfather and brother. But Bill Wilkinson is being remembered not for what he did in life, but how he did it.

Wilkinson, 73, died at his Mahomet home Monday afternoon, having battled a rare form of cancer for about three years.


Area police on lookout for volunteers to take Polar Plunge

MAHOMET – Among the "most wanted" subjects sought by area police are volunteers willing to jump into a frigid lake.

Organizers of the annual Polar Plunge, a fundraising program for the Special Olympics of Illinois, are set to hold this year's event at noon March 7 at Lake of the Woods at Mahomet.


Area residents planning to answer Obama's call to service

URBANA – Fired up by President Barack Obama's inauguration, whether they witnessed it in person or via television, a group of local folks met Sunday at the Urbana home of Will Patterson to discuss what they can "do in their hoods."

The 44th president's call to all citizens to perform public service where they live has inspired them and many others nationwide.


DACC administrator focuses on accentuating the positive

DANVILLE – If you know Belinda Dalton-Russell, or even just crossed paths with her, chances are you've heard some words of encouragement.

"I like to spread the appreciation," says Dalton-Russell, who has a sign hanging on her office door that encourages those who enter to bring a positive attitude.


Vesuvius plant in Fisher to close

CHAMPAIGN – The closure of Vesuvius USA's plant in Fisher will have a big impact on the town, said Village Trustee Debra Estes.

"They do business at the bank, restaurant and grocery," Estes said.


Area black students find encouragement at workshop

URBANA – Though Barack Obama didn't attend the Urbana school district's African American Male Workshop, the new president never seemed to be far away.


Stylist helps patients 'Look Good...Feel Better'

CHAMPAIGN – Janet Trosper can't save a cancer patient's life, but she can do a lot to help someone suffering the ravaging effects of cancer treatments look and feel better.

She knows what beauty products work best on irritated skin and how to pencil in eyebrows to replace the real ones that fell out.


2 more Danville families get homes from Habitat for Humanity

DANVILLE – Habitat for Humanity of Danville has sold 41 houses since 1986. The organization will sell two more on Sunday.

Habitat will dedicate two new houses at 3 p.m. Sunday at 1006 and 1010 Chandler St.


First 10 adoptions free on Saturday at humane society

Animal lovers across the country, including Champaign, will have a chance Saturday to take home a pet with no adoption fee.

The first 10 animal adoptions at the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main St., U, will be covered by a program sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, based in Topeka, Kan.


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