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'Christmas Carol' to be presented in radio show

URBANA – WILL Radio will return to the old-fashioned days of radio today by broadcasting Nick Schneider's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" twice, both on AM and FM.

The radio adaptation will air at 10:06 a.m. on WILL AM 580 and at noon at WILL FM 90.9. The show runs about 80 minutes.


98-year-old's crocheting leads Tree of Warmth efforts

The Champaign County YMCA's Tree of Warmth is stocked with hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and similar items.

They'll be donated to schools, local charities and "wherever there's a need," said Donna Wright, the YMCA's membership director.


Paxton native dedicated to work as missionary pilot

PAXTON – Jeremiah Diedrich didn't have to wonder what he would do with his life when he was growing up. He set his sights on a career at the tender age of 4.

Diedrich, now 28, watched a film on the 1956 deaths of missionary pilot Nate Saint and four other missionaries who were killed by a native tribe in Ecuador and decided that he, too, wanted to be a missionary pilot.


Bible study group giving out hams for the holidays

CHAMPAIGN – A group of women who set out to provide Thanksgiving turkeys for needy families raised enough to feed more than 500 people with all the fixings – and a Christmas ham to boot.

On Wednesday, 550 people received a free ham from Salt and Light Ministries, courtesy of a Mahomet Bible study group that spearheaded a fundraising drive earlier this fall.


Peoria Diocese calls for Danville schools to merge

DANVILLE – Following a recommendation from the Peoria Diocese, Danville's Catholic grade schools and high school will merge in the next 1 1/2 years, local church officials announced this weekend.

Holy Family and St. Paul's, both pre-kindergarten-through-8th-grade schools, will relocate to Schlarman High School. The restructured pre-K-through-12th-grade school, called Schlarman Academy, will open at the start of the 2011-12 school year.


Church reschedules festival around student's funeral

PAXTON – The Evangelical Covenant Church of Paxton has rescheduled its Christmas Bazaar, formerly known as the Lucia Fest, for Dec. 12, so it will not conflict with Natalie Johnson's funeral.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the church.


Paxton church reschedules bazaar to avoid funeral conflict

PAXTON — The Evangelical Covenant Church of Paxton has rescheduled its Christmas Bazaar, formerly known as the Lucia Fest, for Dec. 12, so it will not conflict with Natalie Johnson’s funeral.


Exchange students add spice to Schlarman High School

DANVILLE – It's not uncommon to hear Schlarman High School students speaking French and Spanish, the foreign languages taught there.


C-U native among 250 artists to meet pope

More than 250 artists including Champaign native John David Mooney will meet on Saturday with Pope Benedict XVI in the famed Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome.

The gathering under Michelangelo's frescoes will bring together artists from all genres to renew friendship and dialogue between the church and artists, and to encourage new opportunities for collaboration, according to the Vatican.


Safe Haven members may move later today

CHAMPAIGN – Safe Haven, the self-governing homeless "tent community" that temporarily camped at a church parish center, is expected to move into new quarters starting today at Restoration Urban Ministries in Champaign.


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