120-year-old Paxton women's club could be at an end

PAXTON — Unless it sees a huge spike in membership in the next several months, a Paxton women's organization that has been around for 120 years will cease to exist.

The Paxton Woman's Club had more than 80 members in the 1980s. Today, it has 27, but only "10 or 12" are actively involved, said President Judy Ondercho, a member since 1985.

Allergy? What allergy? Central junior helps lead bass-fishing team

CHAMPAIGN — Bailey Gordon is the only girl on Central High's bass fishing team this year.

And she's allergic to fish.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 17, 2014

They will be playing at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Just not football.

While Tim Beckman's team takes the weekend off, the House that Red Grange Built will be full of saxophonists, drummers and trumpeters. Fifty high schools are participating in the 44th Illinois Marching Band Championships.

Area history, Oct. 17, 2014

Today is Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Pain from battle injury doesn't stop Paxton man

LODA — Since 2007, when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq and left Derek Whitaker with a severe right leg injury, the 36-year-old Loda man has lived with constant pain in his surgically repaired ligament.

He can't run. Activities most people take for granted are an everyday struggle.

Notes-Worthy: Comedian Justin Tuttle

Paul Wood chats with comedian Justin Tuttle, 31, of Champaign, ahead of the C-U Comedy Festival on Oct. 21-25. 

Tell us about your upcoming comedy festival.

She's on a mission

THOMASBORO — The thank you letters have come from military bases in Afghanistan, Iraq and other remote corners of the globe where American soldiers are stationed.

And no matter how many times Ruby Splittstoesser reads one from a recipient of one of the 3,722 care packages she has sent out, she can't help but tear up.

"Hits you right in the heart," she says.

Area history, Oct. 16, 2014

Today is Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 16-23, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Fire chief was 'my guardian angel' after crash on I-74

OAKWOOD — Ned Gorski had every reason to feel anxious.

The 61-year-old Cincinnati man had just been in his first major traffic accident. He watched an ambulance take his 17-year-old grandson to a hospital to be checked out. And his personal items — including thousands of dollars' worth of commercial-grade fireworks supplies and tools — were strewn all over the highway.