Illini Torah celebration March 4 2012


The Chabad at the University of Illinois celebrated the completion and dedication of the Illini Torah in  Champaign, IL.  Sunday, March 4, 2012.   After the Siyum Sefer Torah, the ceremonial completion and dedication of a hand-written Torah, was followed by a parade down Fourth St and Green St to the Illini Union for a meal and dancing.  

Mega Work-a-Thon at Empty Tomb March 2012

 Volunteers for Empty Tomb built 100 clothes cupboards for kids at the Apostolic Life Church in Urbana, IL.  Saturday, March 3, 2012.  The cupboards give the kids a place to store their clothes, shoes, books and things.  289 volunteers registered to do the work. The long term goal is to make 500 cupboards.

Empty Tomb seeks volunteers for project to help children

CHAMPAIGN — Kids need a place to keep their clothes and school books, and the Christian service organization Empty Tomb hopes to provide hundreds of needy children with something they don't have — cupboards of their own.

Schlarman relocating 7th, 8th grades next year

DANVILLE — Starting next school year, Schlarman Academy seventh- and eighth-graders will be housed at the Catholic school's secondary education campus at 2112 N. Vermilion St.

The academy's board recently approved the relocation to alleviate some overcrowding at the elementary education campus at 1304 N. Walnut St., among other reasons.

Congolese priest impressed by C-U

URBANA — Father Zephyrin Nsimba came here from the Congo and likes what he sees.

A mission worker for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa, Nsimba came here to meet with and celebrate Mass with Congolese residents — he said there are many here — and help organize a massive clothing drive for his troubled nation.

Champaign police found nothing amiss at St. Thomas More

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police concluded that there was nothing criminal in an incident that occurred at the High School of St. Thomas More earlier this month.

Millage out as St. Thomas More principal

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Millage is no longer principal of The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign, the Catholic Diocese of Peoria announced Monday.

Tatums to be honored for service

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.

Ministry offers ex-inmates avenue for change

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.

Ministry's director has plenty of support

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."