Salt and Light hands out more than 700 dinners for holiday

CHAMPAIGN — A Thanksgiving food giveaway at Salt and Light Ministries provided holiday meals for needy families — with one turkey to spare.

The Christian-based charity handed out 735 Thanksgiving dinners as part of its weekly food pantry on Wednesday — turkeys, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, pumpkins and other fixings.

10-year-old laid to rest

GEORGETOWN — This school year, 10-year-old Jared Fitzwater sat in the desk right in front of Ashlynn Conner in their fifth-grade class at Ridge Farm Elementary School.

"That's how we talked all the time," said Jared, who wanted to come Wednesday afternoon to the funeral of his good friend, Ashlynn, at Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown.

Group using social media to put word out about county's more than 500 homeless

CHAMPAIGN — It was raining Monday in Champaign-Urbana, and Melany Jackson had 16 people weighing on her mind.

None of them could go home to stay dry, because none of them has a home.

Some probably dodged the downpour in public buildings, she said, and some probably waited it out under a bridge.

World War II memoirs, correspondence and other documents

UPDATED Nov. 18, 2011

Here is where we will post documents that include memoirs, letters and other items from those in World War II. 

Funeral service for Ridge Farm girl moved

     The location has been changed for the funeral services for a 10-year-old Ridge Farm girl who died last week.

Woman reunited with high school ring almost 25 years after losing it

DANVILLE — When "Danville High School" appeared on her work caller ID, Delores Jones had a feeling the call was for her.

Oh, no. One of my kids is in trouble again, she thought, taking the phone from her co-worker.

"Delores Jones?" a man asked. "Did you have a class ring?"

"A long time ago," Jones said, puzzled by the question.

"Can you describe it?"

Group dedicates new flagpole in front of house to Marine who died when helicopter crashed in training

CHAMPAIGN — Jeff Bland loved his fraternity experience while he was a University of Illinois student — perhaps a little too much, his mother said with a laugh.

Janet Bland said her late son would have been "so honored" by the tribute paid him Saturday by current and alumni members of Theta Xi fraternity.

Small-town physician relocates, leaving behind debts and lawsuit

SIDNEY — For more than seven years, Suzie Gaines considered Dr. Maher Ahmad her family doctor.

So she was stunned when she heard at a local convenience store that he'd left town without sending a letter to her or her family, or even leaving a sign on his office door.

"Nobody in Sidney understands why he did this," she said.

Rantoul police raise money for officer with cancer

RANTOUL — The police department is banding together to help one of its own who is battling cancer.

Tim Rivest, 28, a five-year member of the police force, recently was diagnosed with cancer and has been undergoing treatment at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Tatums to be honored for service

URBANA — The Canaan Baptist Church family and community will honor the Rev. and Mrs. B. J. Tatum at 5 p.m. Sunday for 34 years of service to the Champaign-Urbana community as well as nationally and internationally.