Expert renowned as livestock consultant, autism spokesperson

Actress Claire Danes portrayed her in an HBO movie. She has the rare distinction of being an expert in the livestock industry and an internationally famous spokesperson on autism — but only after surmounting many obstacles.

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.

Rasmus always had Rantoul's best interests at heart

RANTOUL — Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd remembers Wayne Rasmus for his class and his humor.

Mr. Rasmus was a bailiff at the Champaign County Courthouse for 16 years, and Ladd said one incident early in their working relationship might have best summed up the man’s wit.

Assistance to blind Gifford native evidence of Lions Club's caring attitude

GIFFORD — When Mike Busboom was born premature 60 years ago, he was placed in a hospital incubator. But he received too much oxygen, which caused him to go blind.

Gifford Lions Club members took it upon themselves to help Busboom however they could.

Roy Roemer: A life remembered


Rantoul Press correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Every game, every practice. Every team banquet, gathering and event. Roy Roemer attended them all.

Roemer, 67, a longtime Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley sports fan, died Thursday night after a short battle with esophageal cancer.

Making it big, in the Big Apple: Rantoul native Dawson has enjoyed national journalism career

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Durrell Dawson and a few fellow young Rantoul friends had plans to start their own neighborhood newsletter when they were growing up.

Hoskins to celebrate 80th birthday

Phyllis Hoskins of Potomac will be honored at an open house to celebrate her 80th birthday. The event is scheduled from 3-5 pm, Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Potomac American Legion building.

Mrs. Hoskins was born on September 1, 1937, in Champaign, a daughter of Bud and Bonnie Cain. She married Richard Hoskins on May 28, 1955, in Armstrong.

Those who served: Down in a rice paddy in ‘Nam

THOMASBORO — At the height of the Vietnam War, Ron Castle and his fellow Marines had bad luck with helicopter crashes, but his worst injury was a minor one to his leg.

Other Marines did not fare as well.

Local youth group lends a helping hand through community service

RANTOUL — Getting out of one’s comfort zone and helping others is an important asset that is best cultivated early.

That’s how Pat Button, leader of the Rantoul First United Methodist Church youth group, sees it. Button began going on yearly missions trips to help those in need when he was a young man, and now he is leading annual trips for youths doing the same thing.

Arnholt named Prairielands scout director

Parker Arnholt has been hired as the new Prairielands Council Boy Scouts district executive.

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