Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the Champaign County Board member about his time in public service at the UI. He's practicing what he preached: His 2016 doctoral thesis was on 'The thoughts of African American Christian religious leaders and university professors on seeking public office.'

Since 1993, my Halloween costume has been a cow, complete with udders and a tail. I recently added cow ears, and I’m still trying to figure out how milk could shoot from my udders, especially since complete strangers feel free to tug on them.Some years, I wear face paint and/or black and whi…

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for a little trip. Last week, Michael said, “Mary, we don’t have time to take a vacation.” But my logic won my husband over: “We get an extra hour back for daylight-saving time.” Besides, Indianapolis is only a short jaunt, and we were headed for the zo…

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For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Kraemer, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

Champaign County Animal Control Director Stephanie Joos said staff entered the home in the 1300 block of West Springfield Avenue on Oct. 22 after getting a tip and 'it was deemed necessary to impound all dogs on the property,' including 69 adult dogs and 15 puppies.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Anthony Co, new pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Urbana.

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A GoFundMe campaign to cover care for the puppy pulled out of Champaign's Kaufman Lake on Saturday surpassed its $5,000 goal in less than three days. The dog's rescuer, Bryant Fritz, said there will likely be additional medical care that those funds can help with.

The Honor Roll Project, posted by Heather Wilkinson Rojo at honorrollproject.weebly.com, is seeking volunteers on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) to “photograph a local honor roll or war monument and transcribe the names.” The data will be posted and made available for researchers.

A little TLC at the UI's Small Animal Clinic has brought out the puppy in Poppy, the eight-month-old dog rescued from Kaufman Lake on Saturday who was released to animal control Monday, where she will stay while police investigate who left her in a cage in the lake.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with director of development at Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates who is a member of the Forty Under 40 Class of 2019.

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Kraemer, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell talks with parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ivesdale, the 'cathedral of the cornfield' that is celebrating its 150th anniversary this weekend.

To submit items, visit news-gazette.com/living and click “Add an event” under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.

The executive director of the East Central Illinois Youth for Christ and pastor of Berean Covenant Church, both in Champaign, shared his insights on 'changing the culture.'