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Potomac school chief named to head Oakwood district

OAKWOOD — Potomac Grade School Superintendent/Principal Larry Maynard will be leaving to taked the superintendent’s job at Oakwood.

The Oakwood school board on Monday approved a three-year contract with Larry Maynard to serve as superintendent.


No serious injuries in team bus crash near Flatville

FLATVILLE — No one was seriously injured when a school bus taking Hoopeston Area Middle School students to a volleyball game collided with another vehicle early Monday evening.

Lt. Brian Mennenga, of the Champaign County sheriff’s office, said the accident occurred about 5 p.m. at the intersection of county roads 2500 North and 2100 East.


'Never the same again:' Gifford looks back 5 years after tornado

GIFFORD — Before the tornado, Carolyn Ross spent much of her time working as caregiver in Paxton.

“I went to work, came home, walked my dogs, then got up and did the same thing the next day,” said the longtime Gifford resident.

Since the tornado, Ross has grown closer to her neighbors and other residents.


From publisher to pen guy, News-Gazette leader did it all

CHAMPAIGN — At 6-foot-2 with broad shoulders and a full beard, John Foreman cut an imposing figure, especially to one cub reporter whose desk sat just outside the glass wall of his office, putting her in his line of sight.

Certainly, Cheryl W. Thompson was grateful to The News-Gazette’s then-managing editor for giving her a job out of graduate school.


Fatal fire just latest in a string of tragedies for family

DANVILLE — The daughter of a Danville man who was killed in a house fire this past weekend said her father’s death is the latest in a string of tragedies her family has suffered over the past 22 years.

Charles J. Mullins, 52, died in a fire Saturday night at the house at 26 S. Alexander St., Danville.


Rantoul woman's daughter dies in house fire

BATESTOWN — Long-distance truck driver Ron White was in Muskegon, Mich., early Monday, when he got a call from his dispatcher.

“Your house is on fire,” White said, recalling the dispatcher’s words. “Can you get a hold of your wife?”


Slain Danville woman was Lincoln's Challenge graduate

DANVILLE — On June 13, Lynnett Thompson was one of hundreds of community members who attended a candlelight vigil at Temple Plaza to remember 16-year-old Devon McClyde, one of the more recent victims of gun violence in Danville.

Thompson went to support the Danville High School student’s family, including his grandmother, one of her friends and co-workers at a local company.


Busy week for Indiana man: Save trucker from fiery crash one day, get married Saturday

RURAL POTOMAC — When Illinois Conservation Police Officer Eric Mieure makes the four-hour commute from his home in Lawrenceville to his job in northern Illinois, he takes “the back road” to avoid the traffic and enjoy the scenery.


Two rescue trucker from burning semi near Potomac

RURAL POTOMAC — Two men pulled a 44-year-old Lafayette, Ind., man to safety after the semitrailer truck he was driving crashed and caught on fire Monday morning.


Catron nearly got away after being arrested

DANVILLE — Sixty-year-old former Hoopeston resident and Ludlow school official Dennis Catron, who was arrested last month in Bangkok, Thailand, nearly got away from police due to a bureaucratic mix-up.


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