CHAMPAIGN — After spending Sunday night sleeping on the floor of a friend's one-bedroom apartment, Kevin Love on Monday morning slipped on his boots, gloves and knit hat, and headed into Campustown.
It was 15 degrees below zero.
And no buses were running.
"I'm dressed for it, and I know how to use my resources," Love said.
CHAMPAIGN — Jason Easterly spent Monday afternoon on a cot in the hallway of the Salvation Army Red Shield Center. He was comfortable.
"This is nice. Warm," Easterly said.
It was 8 degrees below zero outside. Easterly doesn't know where he'd be had he not gotten a ride to the Salvation Army's warming center.
"Probably in the hospital with hypothermia or dead," he said.
The Twin City Derby Girls roller derby league is seeking partner charities to receive a portion of the proceeds from its 2014 home season and to benefit from publicity, advocacy and volunteerism provided by league members.
The application deadline is Jan. 12; to request a form, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CU One-to-One Mentoring will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014, with a special celebration planned for November. In particular, the group is hoping to hear from current and former mentors and mentees, with hopes to highlight their stories as that celebration approaches.
URBANA — Youngsters who visit the Children's Advocacy Center of Champaign County are usually there because something really bad has happened to them.
That's why Joni Markel of Sidell is sure her late sister would be pleased to know that money given in her honor is helping making the place more pleasant.
The Children's Advocacy Center of Champaign County is looking forward to having an almost full-time forensic interviewer on staff starting this month.
Recently retired Champaign police Detective Mary Bunyard will continue to use her investigative skills to interview children who have been victims of abuse.
A look at the dates you should circle in next year's planners, courtesy staff writers Bob Asmussen and Julie Wurth:
GIFFORD — Judy Singh drove her car for about five weeks after the storm until it finally overheated and clunked out.
It turned out the tornado drove a two-by-four through her radiator and into her engine. It shouldn't have been running at all.
Willow Tree Missions now owns the building that houses its resale shop after a formal closing Dec. 19 on the Monticello facility.
The 7,200-square-foot building was purchased for $30,000. The former owner offered it to Willow Tree because he is moving out of the country.
CHAMPAIGN — An anonymous donor who slipped a gold coin into one of the Salvation Army's red kettles has helped boost a sagging fundraising campaign this season.
"The gold coin is a shot in the arm during a challenging year for our kettle donations," Major Tom McDowell, corps officer of the Salvation Army of Champaign County, said.