Victim of hit-and-run a standout at UI

URBANA — In the biggest department in the most competitive college at the University of Illinois, Anthony Pauls stood out.

Not just in academics, though he was a solid student in an engineering program that ranks among the world's elite.

It was his hard work, his winning personality, his breadth of interests, say his teachers.

Life Remembered: Hembrough recalled as 'a second father'

CHAMPAIGN — Gary Hembrough was an active person who was interactive in life.

Some knew him as a teacher and coach at Centennial High School. For some, it was through his knowledge of computers or fixing conversion vans. For others, it was through his healthy love for cooking and grilling.

Getting Personal: Marvin Lee Flessner

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Marvin Lee Flessner of rural St. Joseph, a retired farmer and part-time musician. In the Oct. 14 newspaper, we'll have a chat with Robert E.

Studio Visit: Deb Richardson


Gearhead: Tom Atkins

Tim Atkins talks about  his three Mopars

Reception shines light on Holonyak

URBANA — Fifty years after demonstrating the first visible light-emitting diode, or LED, Nick Holonyak Jr. received a standing ovation from friends, colleagues and aspiring researchers at an event Tuesday celebrating his achievements.

Grief support group plans annual ceremony

CHAMPAIGN — Empty Arms, a grief support network to help with infant loss, will hold its annual remembrance ceremony for parents, grandparents, families and friends wishing to honor children who have died.

The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Windsor Road Christian Church, 2501 W. Windsor Road, C.

Donations from around the world help with burned cat's medical care

URBANA — A 7-month-old housecat's story of survival has elicited compassion and donations from cat lovers around the globe.

Dutchess, who continues to receive around-the-clock care at the University of Illinois Small Animal Clinic emergency room, was severely burned in a blaze that destroyed her family's Saybrook home on Sept. 18.

Owner readies for opening; renovated building may conjure memories of Jumer's

URBANA — Don't expect all of the Urbana Landmark Hotel to open at once.

The owner, Xiao Jin Yuan, said he intends to open the hotel — formerly known as the Urbana-Lincoln Hotel, Jumer's Castle Lodge and the Historic Lincoln Hotel — in phases.

Campus set to honor LED inventor Holonyak

URBANA — Nick Holonyak Jr. does not shy away from a challenge, especially in science.

So when chemists at General Electric criticized his approach to making lasers back in 1962, he responded directly and, in his mind, appropriately.