Nurse will leave you in stitches she could remove

Debra Joy Hart, aka Daisy the Clown, likes to keep a red clown nose in her purse. She also gives one to almost everyone she meets.

She hands them out to people at Disney World and Disneyland and then takes their picture.

Five Homer residents to celebrate 90th birthday

HOMER – Five residents of Homer who turn 90 during 2009 will celebrate their birthdays at an open house on Aug. 29.

The party at the Homer Village Hall, 500 E. Second St., Homer, will honor Dale Wolf, Helen Krukewitt, Warren Gordon, Edith Gordon and Charlotte Bryan. It will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

5 area firms on magazine's list of 5,000 fastest-growing

Five companies based in East Central Illinois are among the 5,000 fastest-growing firms in the nation, according to Inc. magazine's latest rankings.

Appearing on this year's list are Dawson Logistics of Danville, Midwest Underground Technology Inc. of Champaign, Isotech Laboratories of Champaign, Taylor Studios of Rantoul and Hutchcraft Van Service of Urbana.

Philo 'in seventh heaven' (mostly) during 'Makeover'

PHILO – Mary Conley has the best view in town to watch the "Extreme Makeover" of the Nathan and Jenny Montgomery home.

She lives next door to the Montgomerys, and she and her kids are watching the action through their north windows.

Concert to benefit family, Salt & Light

CHAMPAIGN – A benefit concert for Salt & Light Ministries and the Montgomery family, chosen for makeovers by the popular ABC television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," is scheduled for Saturday evening at the University of Illinois Research Park.

The Boat Drunks – an award-winning, Jimmy Buffet-influenced band – will play from 4 to 7 p.m. at the research park, corner of First Street and St. Mary's Road, Champaign. Admission is three cans of food or a money donation to the family of Nathan Montgomery, executive director of Salt & Light.

Building a token of appreciation for injured vet's service

MAHOMET – Thursday marked the beginning of a new chapter in Army Sgt. Cameron Crouch's life as the first wall was raised on the Iraq war veteran's new home in Mahomet.

Variety is spice of farmers' market in Danville

DANVILLE – Even overcast skies and some rain didn't keep a steady flow of customers away from the farmers' market in downtown Danville on Wednesday.

Philo family chosen for ABC show's newest house

PHILO – It was the worst-kept secret in this small town.

Rumors had been circulating for at least a week that Nathan and Jenny Montgomery and their two boys and two girls had been chosen for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the TV show that depicts a family getting a brand-new home built for them within a week, while they are on vacation.

Provena steers some patients Christie's way

URBANA – Provena Medical Group has begun referring many of its patients to Christie Clinic, but it still plans to continue offering eight medical specialties in the Champaign-Urbana area.

New teachers begin learning Danville district's ropes

DANVILLE – On the first day of school, students in Elly Kirkpatrick's fourth-grade class won't be the only one with butterflies in their stomach. Their teacher will have them, too.