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Habitat to dedicate Patriot Build house

DANVILLE — This is the house that Habitat for Humanity of Danville built.

And owner Kimberly Bryant, her friends and family, Illinois National Guard soldiers, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, students and contractors as well as numerous local organizations and individuals.

Scout starts drive to collect books for fire victims

CHAMPAIGN — Matt Butler wanted to send children's books to Oklahoma after tornadoes ravaged the community of Moore in mid-May, killing about two dozen and leveling a good portion of the town.

But the high cost of shipping them made the Eagle Scout candidate rethink his charitable effort and concentrate on something closer to home.

Volunteers sought for Champaign County CASA

URBANA — Champaign County CASA is asking for volunteers to become advocates for abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.

The 30-hour training program for new advocates begins on Tuesday, Sept. 17, but interested parties have to register by Sept. 13.

Carle: Free, discounted care up $10 million

Increase reflects 'terrific need in our community,' foundation says

URBANA — The Carle Foundation says it gave away $35.1 million in free or discounted care last year, $10 million more than the previous year.

The increase reflects an economy in which people continue to struggle, the foundation's CEO Dr. James Leonard said Thursday.

Group home plans explained for Philo

Company informs locals of plans for house it bought

PHILO — The owners of a proposed group home for the developmentally disabled explained their plans during a special meeting this week.

Champaign-based Alan G. Ryle Cos. has purchased a home in the 900 block of South Adams Street to be used as an eight-bed group home for adults with disabilities.

Ministries host events on Sunday in Danville, Westville

The Faith in Action ministries in Vermilion County will host special events to mark Faith in Action Sunday.

Vermilion County group seeks court advocates for children

DANVILLE — CASA of Vermilion County is seeking volunteers to become court-appointed special advocates.

All CASA volunteers are required to complete 30 hours of pre-service training, which will begin this month. It involves 15 hours of online coursework, and 15 hours of in-class coursework.

Danville United Way drive 'looking really positive'

DANVILLE — The 2013-14 United Way of Danville Area campaign is off to a strong start, officials said Wednesday.

The campaign, which kicked off over the Labor Day weekend, aims to raise $700,000 to support community programs and services that will help improve people's health, education and financial stability.

State finds flaws in decision on Peace Meal

CHAMPAIGN — The state has declared that area seniors can keep their hot-lunch program after finding flaws in an agency's decision to switch to a provider that was going to serve frozen meals.

The Peace Meal program that would have ended Sept. 30 will now continue with its hot-lunch deliveries four days a week and will serve warm meals at dozens of congregate sites in 14 counties.

Monticello meal program keeps options open

MONTICELLO — While the Illinois Department on Aging has reversed a decision that would have led to frozen lunches being used for area Peace Meals, the action may not be enough to keep Monticello's senior nutrition program from going on its own.