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Social Services

Hoping domestic violence doesn't get lost in shuffle

Across the nation, sexual assault on college campuses has become a hot issue, grabbing headlines and attention. In recent months, the University of Illinois has garnered national attention for its bystander intervention program, "It's On Us," even leading to an April visit from Vice President Joe Biden.

Police say domestic violence is 'our No. 1 call'

On April 17, Jeremy Irons of Urbana was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated domestic battery and intimidation. He had smashed his girlfriend's head against the interior of her car until she passed out and then later choked her and threatened her by saying he might go to get a gun.

Groups that address domestic violence face funding cuts

Those working to address the issue of domestic violence say they are facing a crisis.

Local domestic-violence shelter Courage Connection served 692 clients, answered 935 domestic violence hotline calls and filed 122 orders of protection in its most recent fiscal year.

Still, it wasn't enough, said Isak Griffiths, director of Courage Connection.

For the retirees, June 7-14, 2015

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, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

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

Champaign officers come to ducklings' rescue

CHAMPAIGN — When Mason Voges and Chris Chambers swore to protect and serve the citizens of Champaign six years ago, mallards weren't spelled out in the oath.

But early Thursday morning, the young police officers went to great depths to rescue eight ducklings who had fallen into a storm drain in southwest Champaign.

Mahomet panel OKs rezoning for senior housing

Senior housing plans win rezoning approval

MAHOMET — A proposed residential development for people 55 and older is one step closer to becoming a reality, after the village of Mahomet Plan and Zoning Commission recommended approval of rezoning the property.

On a mission of caring

Dixie Bickel and her husband, John, sold almost everything they owned — cars, furniture, farmland, their home — packed whatever they could fit into the back of a pickup truck, and moved their family from Monticello to Haiti to start a new life in charity work.

Summer meals offered for C-U kids

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is offering free meals for young people ages 18 and under to help them get through the summer months.        

The Summer Food Service Program begins Wednesday and runs through mid-August.

For the retirees, May 31-June 7, 2015

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, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

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

Spotlight on Service, May 26, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Arcola Sunrise Rotary

About the club

President: Bill Wagoner

Origin: Chartered on Sept. 24, 1998

Meets: Thursday mornings at either the Dutch Kitchen or the It'll Do Bar & Grill