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Religion calendar, Feb. 5-12, 2016

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Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.


Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10):

More than 150 sleeping outdoors for a night

CHAMPAIGN — Mornings always begin for Rich McElroy with picking up his sleeping bag and his clothes, which are mostly everything he owns in the world, and leaving wherever he spent the night.

About 80 percent of the time, that's somewhere outside, so he pays attention to the weather forecasts. Snow he can always brush away, but rain is more of a problem.

Urbana clears way for shelters after unsuccessful attempt months ago

URBANA — The next time an organization wants to open a transitional housing shelter in Urbana, it will be easier than the process that resulted in a nonprofit pledging it will never do business east of Wright Street again.

New CEO named for Prairie Center

URBANA — The Prairie Center, the Urbana-based substance abuse treatment and prevention agency, has a new chief executive.

Gail Raney, who has been the Prairie Center's chief operating officer, has been appointed its CEO, the agency said today in a news release. She replaces Bruce Suardini, who took over leadership of the agency in December 2007.

Don't wait till next year, Cubs fans

DANVILLE — Bidders at Friday's 17th annual Peer Court auction have a chance to fly high over Vermilion County, take a cooking lesson with a local culinary legend or be an honorary coach of the Illini volleyball team for a day.

They also have a chance to win a fully restored vintage refrigerator that's sure to be the envy of every Chicago Cubs fan.

Heavy lifting keeps man from hitting the bottle

CHAMPAIGN — Between busts for burglary and aggravated battery, criminal trespass and criminal damage — to name a few — Ammon Gray says he can't remember how much time he's spent behind bars.

"The first time I was incarcerated, I was 14 years old," said Gray, now 42. "You can say I was in the county jail a few times."

Gray blames his problems on an addiction to alcohol.

Updated: DSC, Salvation Army surpass fundraising goals

New 4:41 p.m. Tuesday:

Two area agencies are celebrating this week as their fundraising campaigns have wrapped up, one of which was significantly higher than its goal.

Major Tom McDowell with the Salvation Army of Champaign County said around $569,477 was raised during the red kettle campaign, which ended on Sunday. The agency's goal was $477,000.

State's IOU of $200,000 means rape crisis center cuts hours, staff pay

URBANA — Owed about $200,000 by the state of Illinois, a rape crisis center in Urbana has cut its staff hours and salaries.

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 2, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Junior League of Champaign-Urbana

About the club

President: Heather Vazquez

Origin: The club was founded as the Service League in 1932 and joined the Association of Junior Leagues International 40 years later.

Meets: 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at various locations.

Area update: Fisher wants input from public on gaming

FISHER — Fisher resident James McCoy would like to open a video gaming parlor on the site of the old Amoco station at the corner of Third Street and Route 136. The village's liquor ordinance currently has no provision for an establishment selling alcohol by the drink — a tavern — as required by state statute for a gaming parlor.