M-S wrestling wins fifth straight regional crown

URBANA — This wasn't the way this year was supposed to go. After losing over a dozen huge seniors, M-S wrestling faced a year of uncertainty.

But thanks to some big-time performances from some unsung heroes, the Bulldogs won the Class 2A Urbana Regional last Saturday. It was the program's fifth straight regional title.

DNA work breaks case in 2009 murder of Mahomet's Holly Cassano

URBANA — A commercial genetic genealogy company that relies on science and public records, combined with good old-fashioned police detective work, led to the arrest Tuesday of a Mahomet man for one of the most horrendous Champaign County murders in modern history.

'Overwhelmed and in shock': Mother of victim reacts to news of Michael Henslick's arrest

Toni Cassano said she's sure God played a hand in finding Michael Henslick, a man accused of the brutal slaying of her only daughter, Holly, in 2009. That includes guiding the investigators who have tirelessly worked to find him for nine years.

Arrest made in 2009 murder of Mahomet woman

URBANA — Almost nine years after Holly Cassano was brutally murdered in her home, a 30-year-old Mahomet man has been arrested in the 2009 stabbing.

Obituaries for March 2, 2018

Edith Elkins

URBANA — Edith Virginia Elkins, 95, of Urbana, formerly of Philo, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 21, 2018) at Clark-Lindsay Village, Urbana.

Exploring East Central Illinois: Alison Johnson embarks in the great outdoors

Encouraging parents to step out into the great outdoors, Alison Johnson started a local initiative in Champaign County stemming from a national, nonprofit organization known as Hike it Baby to inspire parents and their children, ages birth to 5 years old, to get active in local nature areas.

Obituaries for Feb. 16, 2018

James Breedlove

DEWEY — James B. Breedlove, 59, of Dewey died at 10:06 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital.

"Jim" was born Dec. 31, 1958, in Urbana, the oldest son of William B. and Dorothy (Peterson) Breedlove. He was raised in rural Dewey with his younger brother Carl. Jim was a 1977 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Realtor Matt Difanis travels globe to promote C-U area

Agent takes pridein making sure his clients know howthe process works

As a Realtor for more than 20 years, Re/Max agent Matt Difanis has given thousands of people the opportunity to pursue their homeownership dreams.

Difanis remembers being a newly married 21-year-old undergraduate student with the opportunity to purchase his first home.

Farm Leader Banquet 2013

News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year Jack Murray was honored at a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

2013 Gene Armer Track Meet

A gallery of images from the Gene Armer Invitational Track Meet held at the Armory on the University of Illinois campus on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

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