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Top of the Morning, April 11, 2019

The 40 or so students involved in putting on Centennial High's annual Dance Marathon work their tails off year-round, relentlessly raising money and awareness. The payoff comes Friday night when seven "Miracle" families tell their stories to a large, all-ears crowd.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District hosting diaper drive Wednesday

CHAMPAIGN — A diaper drive for babies in need will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W. Kenyon Road, C.

Donors can bring diapers or make a financial contribution to purchase diapers.

Williams' mayoral victory prompts search for new CEO for Project Success

DANVILLE — Project Success of Vermilion County made it official Monday: Its board is seeking a new leader now that the organization's CEO has been elected Danville's mayor.

For the retirees, April 7-14, 2019

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.

Empty Tomb distributing groceries as part of Mega Work-A-Thon 'Week of Grace'

URBANA — Dozens of local families have been receiving a week's worth of groceries, courtesy of local churches and the Christian service organization Empty Tomb.

The food distribution is part of Empty Tomb's 10th Mega Work-A-Thon "Week of Grace."

People from 23 churches will gather to celebrate "Week of Grace" at 10 a.m. Saturday at Faith Community Church, 2111 N. Willow Road, U.

Religion calendar, April 5-12, 2019

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Mother thrilled that Austin's Day endures 12 years after tragedy

CHAMPAIGN — Austin Cloyd would be rolling her eyes if she found out there was a day of service and volunteerism named after her, said her mom, Renee.

But she would also be thrilled to see how the students at her alma mater, Centennial High School, have kept Austin's Day relevant as it enters Year 12 commemorating her death in the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting.

Volunteers gathering Saturday for Austin's Day, Community and Campus Day of Service

CHAMPAIGN — Two large volunteer efforts are scheduled this Saturday, with helpers gathering at Centennial High School for the 11th annual Austin's Day and a massive food preparation set at Memorial Stadium as part of the seventh annual Community and Campus Day of Service.

Danville's Soul Garden Recovery Center set to open June 1

DANVILLE — Each morning, Nick Roberts and Jodi Beith celebrate another day of sober living.

Roberts, who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for 20 years, has been sober for two years now. For Beith, whose recreational drug use became a habit when she got hooked on back-pain medication in her early 20s, it will be four years in July.

Dwelling Place of Vermilion County secures home for daytime drop-in center

DANVILLE — The Dwelling Place of Vermilion County has a home for its much-anticipated daytime drop-in center for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.