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.
RANTOUL — A former Holiday Inn Jr. on the village's south side could easily be named "The Second Chance Inn."
The former roadhouse does more than house people needing a place to stay. It's a 10-month stopping point for many former prison inmates wanting to turn their lives around.
RANTOUL — Peter Schneider, director of Jesus is the Way Prison Ministries, remembers the first time he set foot in a prison.
The place was the state prison in Danville. The year was 1994.
"It was stark," he said. "It was very intimidating. The people who were running it seemed pretty aggressive as far as not cutting you any slack."
DANVILLE — Several weeks into Schlarman Academy's first major fundraiser, Catholic school officials announced that they are more than halfway to their $1.5 million goal.
"We're very excited. We have raised $800,000 in a very short period of time," said Suzette Kittell, who is co-chairing the new academy's capital campaign with Raymond Broderick.
Illinois has been through similar foster-care transitions in Chicago and Rockford.
The battle between the Catholic Church and state of Illinois over foster care and adoption services has real-life ramifications for more than 250 East Central Illinois children.
Currently, about 135 children in Champaign County are in foster care homes managed by Catholic Charities, according to state figures. In Vermilion County, the agency oversees 125 foster cases.
DANVILLE — For as long as she can remember, Kristen Cahill looked forward to becoming a Schlarman Hilltopper and wearing 'Topper blue and gold.
Unlike students before her, Kristen didn't have to wait until high school to do that. This year, she's a seventh-grader at the new Schlarman Academy, which adopted the now-closed high school's mascot and colors.
CHAMPAIGN — It's time to start thinking back-to-school, and a group of local churches will be holding its annual distribution of backpacks and school supplies early this month.
The Christian Mercy and Justice Network will distribute those items on Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Salt and Light, 1512 W. Anthony Drive, C.
URBANA — City council action on Monday could save a 136-year-old home where one of the city's first mayors resided, but it will come at a cost to the Urbana taxpayers.
CHAMPAIGN — First Christian Church in Champaign is collecting relief supplies to send to Joplin, Mo., to help victims of Sunday's tornado.
A member donated a semi-truck, trailer and driver to take supplies, and the church is collecting a list of items, listed below.