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New pastor gets right to work

RANTOUL — The Rev. Paula Wallace knows which way the wind blows. A native Hoosier, the new pastor of Rantoul First United Methodist Church said she's lived in Illinois so long, she now roots for the Illini over Indiana.

"I love my basketball," Wallace said.

Religion calendar, July 15-22, 2016

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Going 'Beyond Limitations'

URBANA — After starting chemotherapy for breast cancer last month, Delores Cobb Derricks emphasized to her five sons her focus: Raising money for the Canaan Development Foundation.

"I let them know I wanted twin trophies, and I persuaded my husband, Ezell, to match what I could beg up," she said.

UI athete gets court supervision for damaging menorah

URBANA — A University of Illinois softball player who admitted she damaged a religious symbol on campus last winter has been sentenced to a year of court supervision.

Religion calendar, July 8-15, 2016

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'I just thought there's got to be something else'

CHAMPAIGN — Chase Hilgenbrinck got together with some friends last week to watch the soccer match between Portugal and Poland in the Euro Cup tournament. He watched the game through a different lens than most. Eight years ago, he was playing professional soccer in the MLS with the New England Revolution after a long stint with Chilean club Nublense.

Don Follis: Loving God and yourself applies to all ages

One of the decisions that my dad and mom regretted was allowing me to join a harvest crew the summer when I was just 14.

A man in our church owned a company where he contracted with farmers to harvest their wheat crop. The wheat ripens in the Southern states first. This man had contracts with farmers from Oklahoma to South Dakota.

Religion calendar, July 1-8, 2016

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Schreder to take top spot at STM

CHAMPAIGN — A one-time St. Thomas More teacher is returning to take over as head administrator of Champaign's Catholic high school.

Jason Schreder is the pick to replace outgoing Principal Ryan Bustle, the Catholic Diocese of Peoria announced. Bustle is leaving at month's end for an administrative position at Pontiac High.

In its fourth year, AudioFeed not your typical Christian-music festival

URBANA — Musician and professed Christian Sean Michel likes to say "quote unquote" when he uses the term Christian music.

The gospel-music artist who performs at AudioFeed coming up this week in Urbana said there's a lot of cynicism and even disdain for "Christian music."

He himself believes most "Christian music" is not that good and is kind of cheesy.