CHAMPAIGN – Area Hispanics by the hundreds celebrated a 477-year-old apparition Friday.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Aztec Indian name for the Virgin Mary, was marked with Masses and music, flowers and food at four Roman Catholic churches.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Salvation Army received two more gold coins in one of its red kettles last weekend, bringing this season's total to three.
A memorial service will be held in Champaign later this week to remember victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.
The service is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 509 S. Fourth St., C.
CHAMPAIGN – For the fifth year in a row, the Champaign County Salvation Army fished something special from a donation kettle.
A donor pushed an Austrian 4 ducat gold coin into the slot in the kettle stationed at the County Market on Kirby Avenue and Duncan Road on Monday, sometime between noon and 8 p.m., said Kettle and Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Hall. The coin is valued at $335.
SAVOY – Friday night's camp-out was a cold one for Pastor James McClarey.
The 48-year-old leader of Savoy United Methodist Church planned to spend 12 hours sleeping outdoors as a way to experience firsthand what many of the area's homeless do – outside without a home.
"I know we can't really duplicate what it really feels like to be homeless, but I thought, you know, let's try to enter into the experience," McClarey said.
CHAMPAIGN – A community organizing group in north Champaign will host a food giveaway for needy families Saturday.
About 8,000 pounds of food, enough for approximately 250 families, will be given out from 9 a.m. to noon at the Apostolic Faith Church, 101 E. Bellefontaine St., C., near Market Street.
DANVILLE – The Salvation Army will hold sign-ups for both its Christmas Food Basket program and the Toys For Tots program, shared with the Marine Corps League, from Nov. 3 through 26 at its facility, 855 E. Fairchild St.
Signup times are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, except Nov. 11, when the Salvation Army facility will be closed for Veterans Day.
Voters in Cunningham Township will be able to voice their opinions about several different issues on Election Day, from how they choose city council members to whether or not they would support health care legislation.
There are three advisory questions on the ballot this year for Cunningham Township residents. These are nonbinding, meaning they don't have any legal implication.
URBANA – It will be at least early next year before there's any resolution of the case of a Catholic priest from Champaign accused of using and dealing cocaine.
The Rev. Christopher Layden, 33, formerly a resident of the Newman Center on the University of Illinois campus, made his first court appearance Tuesday morning since being charged in Champaign County Circuit Court on Sept. 11 with delivery of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.
CHAMPAIGN – Many people, when they hear organ music, think church, or "Phantom of the Opera," or Bach's familiar Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, which pops up in horror films, video games, rock music and now, cellphone ringtones.
Considered one of the most outstanding organists of his generation, 30-year-old Scott Montgomery instead thinks of the "almost unlimited possibilities of sound" that an organ, even a small one, can produce.