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Owner opens parts of building for tour to benefit food bank

CHAMPAIGN — Robert Grossman is opening up portions of The Lodge on Hill for a holiday open house that will serve as a fund-raiser for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Urbana tops Central, Centennial in Habitat drive

Kitty Schwartz and her fellow Habitat for Humanity club members' cash collecting efforts paid off: Urbana High School blew Champaign Central and Centennial out of the water, raising nearly $500 for the local Habitat's "Veteran Thanks" project.

What's at stake in Salvation Army red kettle drive

The Salvation Army of Champaign County's Red Kettle Drive is underway, and the head of the organization is expressing concerns about possible program cuts in the coming year if the organization doesn't reach its fundraising goal this holiday season.

Major Tom McDowell made the comments as the Red Kettle Drive kicked off a few days ago.

Best deal on two wheels? Urbana bike giveaway

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department is ready to clean out the scores of bicycles it has collected over the last several months.

For the fourth consecutive year, the department is giving away used bicycles to interested citizens from Urbana and surrounding communities.

The giveaway will take place Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at 704 S. Glover St., U.

For the retirees, Nov. 23-30, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Drive for Habitat pits Urbana, Centennial, Central

The only thing sweeter than beating Central? Beating Urbana.

That's what members of the Key Club at Centennial High School are saying at the midway point of a fundraising contest among the three schools.

Red kettle drive launches

CHAMPAIGN — One of the signature sights and sounds of the holiday season is set to return this morning, with the Salvation Army of Champaign County launching its annual red kettle drive at more than two dozen stores throughout the community.

Crisis Nursery temporarily closes after water pipe breaks

URBANA — An agency that provides emergency care for children from families in crisis temporarily closed on Thursday after a water pipe broke.

Crisis Nursery Executive Director Stephanie Record said that either a sprinkler system or a pipe in a wall burst at the facility at about 2:45 p.m.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Team raises awareness

The Champaign Edison Middle School girls' basketball teams recently held a Cancer Awareness Night.

In 2012, then-coach Kelly Koller organized this event as the community project for the Comets. This year, Koller, eighth-grade coach Roni Dixon and seventh-grade coach Kelly Lomas all helped organize this event.

Food bank hopes you'll help ease hunger for thousands

URBANA — Before you begin shopping for turkey and all the trimmings, here's a chance to help put some food on the table for more than 100,000 people dealing with hunger in East Central Illinois.