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Rantoul native among Bush honor guard

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rantoul's Teresa and Scott Deaville were up late Monday night, tuned into C-SPAN to watch their son guard the casket of George H.W. Bush.

Turns out a lot of other family and friends were doing the same thing.

"We were watching and then the texts started to come in: 'There he is! There he is!,' " Teresa said. "Everyone was excited."


Fisher family to appear on 'Funniest Home Videos'

FISHER — By rule, Fisher’s Daniel Dabney can’t tell us how he fared at Friday’s taping of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

Audience members were to decide which of the three finalists would cash in.


Army vet Buck takes balloon ride in stride

GIFFORD — To celebrate his 89th birthday, Ray Buck went for a ride.

About 1,800 feet in the air.

“What a view,” the Army veteran said. “Loved seeing all the area from so far up in the air.”


Fisher's Delaney named Farm Leader of Year scholarship winner

She’s a spunky 19-year-old who loves playing sports, riding four-wheelers and living on the farm.

Fisher’s Courtney Delaney is this year’s recipient of The News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year scholarship who was honored last month at a banquet in Champaign:

She enjoyed her freshman year at the UI.


The secret to a 70-year marriage

GIFFORD — Through a family member, I asked Edwin and Helen Clawson what it feels like to be married for 70 years.

“Yesterday,” Edwin said, “when you marry the right person.”

Edwin, 97, and Helen, 98, will celebrate their 70th anniversary a week from today at Country Health Care in Gifford, where they share a room.

What’s the secret?


Another Gifford family gets a new dwelling

GIFFORD — As we close in on the two-year anniversary of the Gifford tornado, rebuilding continues in the tiny Champaign County village.

It takes 23 minutes for Hayley Marshall to drive from Ogden to Gifford, which she does every school day to drop off her two oldest children. Soon, she’ll only have to walk a few blocks.


An Illini fan headed to Kentucky

Aleah Combs is a diehard Illinois fan. “But I might have to switch my loyalties if I’m to survive,” said the 18-year-old Rantoul Township High grad, who next month leaves for the University of Kentucky. “It’s going to be hard to stay true to Illinois. Check back in a few years.”


Gifford tavern opens in new location

GIFFORD — Let the record show that 52-year-old Dana Cler bought the first drink at the new North Forty, which opened at 10 a.m. Jan. 10.

“It was 10:02,” he said. “Grey Goose vodka. And it was delicious.”


Vliet the granddaddy of all Santas

There’s only one thing keeping him from slipping on any of his six Santa suits, jumping in his pickup with the “SANTA” vanity plates and resuming his five-decade career as Kris Kringle. “Mrs. Claus,” 79-year-old Jim Vliet said from the living room of his farmhouse near Thomasboro. “She says no.”


No more basement living for Scott family

GIFFORD — You’d be hard-pressed to find a busier place than Jim and Carol Scott’s basement in Gifford.

That’s where their son Derin Scott, his wife and five kids — ages 2, 6 (twins), 14 and 17 — have been living since November’s tornado. It resembles the scene in “Willy Wonka,” where four grandparents snuggled in a single bed.


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