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Getting Personal: Tori Exum

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Urbana resident Tori Exum, the senior manager for extra services at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. She has had many other roles, from the Optimist Club to public service to being a mom to lots of children.

Are you still a troop leader with the Girl Scouts?

For the retirees, Aug. 12-19, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

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

Junior League seeking nominations for Community Impact Awards

CHAMPAIGN — The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana plans to host its first Community Impact Awards Gala during the next Festival of Trees weekend, and is seeking nominations.

The group is calling on the public to help identify people and organizations making the community a better place.

Clergy Corner, Aug. 10, 2018

A variety of churches and organizations in the Gibson City area will join forces later this month to make the community a better place.

It is all part of Gibson City's seventh Community Outreach Weekend, set for Aug. 25-26.

Weekend Top 10, Aug. 10, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Off to see the Wizard ...

The Young Performers edition of "The Wizard of Oz" will be at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello, presented by The Monticello Theatre Association.

Religion calendar, Aug. 10-17, 2018

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Youth Assessment Center touts success stories at new location's open house

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Youth Assessment Center has been up and running at its new west Champaign location since April. But now, with all the equipment plugged in and the welcome mat out front, officials are taking time to celebrate some success stories.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 9-16, 2018


This weekend


What: Carnival operating daily until Aug. 11. Daily music entertainment, pig races and a petting zoo are free attractions. Daily livestock shows, food, exhibits and evening grandstand entertainment: barnyard tractor pull, Aug. 9; rodeo, Aug. 10; demolition derby, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

When: Aug. 9-11.

Legally Speaking: Lisa Little

As a young girl in Champaign, LISA LITTLE listened as her mother answered Champaign County's first domestic-violence hotline one night a week on the home phone.

Don't be misled by her last name. Today, Little is a force to be reckoned with as a court advocate for women seeking judicial protection from abusers.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 8, 2018

"It was heaven."

That was how VIRGINIA SHONKWILER described her latest training ride on a special bicycle-wheelchair tandem called "The Duet" (right).

Shonkwiler, 73, is a resident of Maple Point, an assisted-living community in Monticello, and has been the driving force behind the idea.