Five years into its difference-making CU’s Got Talent fundraiser, Champaign West Rotary has found a home at the Virginia Theatre.

This week’s stop in our series on local businesses with stories to tell: Allen’s Meats in Homer, a father-and-son operation that’s been in business since 1986.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Alexandria Kobryn chats with the Rev. Rickey Parks, pastor at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, who will receive the Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award at today’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration.

Last weekend’s “Jackets For Jackets” event hosted by Pour Bros. Taproom in Champaign resulted in more than 100 donated coats. On Thursday, the pub’s co-owner, Jason Fowler, delivered them to Garden Hills Academy in Champaign.

As part of the annual Rock-O-Thon fundraiser for the America Field Service club, Purple Riders spent the night playing video and board games, dancing and tossing footballs.

The keynote speaker for Friday’s event in Urbana, an emergency-room physician who has written books, appeared on national talk shows and is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association’s highest honor, talked with The News-Gazette about his journey, his heroes and his advice for young people.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the University YMCA on Wright Street will close early for the day, as a way to pay tribute to one of its own: longtime receptionist and housing director CaroL Nunn, 65, who passed away Saturday after an eight-month bout with cancer.

Thanks to the Tons O’ Fun Band and its Dec. 7 Christmas show, another 50 bulbs were lit on the Developmental Service Center’s Tree of Hope on Thursday afternoon.

Before the much-anticipated dedication of the school’s snazzy new gym and classrooms (Jan. 25), St. Thomas in Philo will open its doors for another community crowd-pleaser: Its all-you-can-eat pancake-and-sausage breakfast on Jan. 19

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. RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administe…

We said bye-bye to Burnham Mansion, the late Great Impasta and those funky eclipse glasses, and welcome to the 44th president, the Pride Parade and a Pesotum farm-playing Luke Bryan. As the clock winds down on the 2010s — and the countdown continues to a new Costco in Champaign, a casino in Danville and A/C at last throughout Central High School