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Heating bill help offered in Champaign County

URBANA — Appointments are now being taken for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for households that have had their heating utility disconnected or with children under age 5.

Habitat chapter celebrates 20th anniversary

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County rounded up 150 volunteers to build its first house at 1204 W. Beslin St., U, in 1992.

Habitat for Humanity Home: Dublin St. in Urbana

Work on the Habitat for Humanity home on Dublin in Urbana on Friday, September 28, 2012.

Group seeks help making blankets for children in South Africa

URBANA — If you can knit or crochet a 6-inch square, and have a little time to spare, you can help warm a needy child in South Africa.

Altgeld chimes to fall silent for 24 hours

URBANA — The University of Illinois Quad will be a slightly quieter place for 24 hours starting this evening.

Poverty continues to rise in Champaign County

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the poverty level in Champaign County continues to rise.

The bureau's 2011 American Community Survey results came out on Thursday.  The figures show that 24.9 percent of people in Champaign County - roughly one in four people - are living in poverty.  That number is up from 21.3 percent in 2010.

Simon stops in Champaign to tout "no text" pledge

Illinois' Lieutenant Governor continued her push in Champaign on Wednesday to end texting while driving.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon stopped at Parkland College as a part of national "No Text on Board" day.  Simon also urged students to take the "It Can Wait" pledge to not text and drive.

Boys and Girls Club of Danville director resigns

DANVILLE — The Boys and Girls Club of Danville will soon start a national search for a new executive director now that Rickey Williams Jr. has given the board his resignation effective next month.

Dr. Chris Robinson, president of the club's board, said the hope is to have a new executive director hired by the end of October.

"That's our goal," he said.

Jessica Pickett: For our veterans

By JESSICA PICKETT

I want to start off by telling my fellow veterans thank you for your service and welcome home.

Food bank hopes to bring attention to hunger

URBANA — Thousands of children in Champaign County are dealing with a painful problem that often goes unnoticed: They don't know where their next meal is coming from, according to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.