Those Who Served: Loda man recalls avoiding celebratory grenades in South Pacific

LODA — Unlimited beer and hand grenades are a bad mix.

When former Illini football player and legendary wrestling coach Don Pittman was serving in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he was a gunner’s mate at a massive ammo dump.

Morelands hoping for best after husband has multiple strokes

PAXTON — For a few days, Johnathan Moreland wasn’t acting quite like himself. His wife and sister noticed, but they didn’t realize what was wrong at first.

Not until he was being rushed to an Urbana hospital did his wife, Lauren, finally figure it out: The 42-year-old Paxton man had suffered multiple strokes.

Those Who Served: In Battle of the Bulge, ‘if you want to live, you’ll do it’

GIBSON CITY — For the confusion of war, it’s hard to top the Battle of the Bulge, where Chet Bleich and six other soldiers watched the Germans — supposedly on the run — overrun a nearby hill, and had only machine guns to counter the enemy’s tanks.

Ten associate judges in 11th Judicial Circuit retained

BLOOMINGTON — Of the 384 associate judges in Illinois who filed requests for reappointment to their respective offices for a new four-year term, 376 of them, including 10 in the 11th Judicial Circuit, have been retained.

Bridge dedicated in memory of Clayton Hale

PAXTON — Clayton Hale had a lot of bridges to cross in his life. And every day, as he battled cancer, the young man from Paxton crossed those bridges with a strong spirit and a determined attitude, Mayor Bill Ingold said.

So, it is only fitting that a bridge — the Orleans Street walk bridge over the Canadian National Railroad tracks — is now named in his honor.

PBL valedictorian maintains her grades, active lifestyle despite Type 1 diabetes

PAXTON — When Aubrey Glazik gets ready to take the floor for a cheerleading competition, the nerves often set in, as they do for many of her teammates.

The difference is that Glazik has Type 1 diabetes. While others might feel a little jittery, the situation can get much more serious for Glazik when her adrenaline starts pumping.

Angie Lee loved 'teaching the game of life'

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Before Angie Lee went on to play Division I college basketball at the University of Iowa, and before she embarked on a college coaching career that saw her be named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year, she was playing pickup games in Paxton with her four brothers, who taught her a lesson or two in the sport.

Paxton native John McCabe wins Pekin mayoral race

PEKIN — Paxton native John McCabe is about to embark on a new phase in his life.

On May 11, the 64-year-old retired social studies teacher will begin serving as mayor of Pekin, the county seat of Tazewell County.

Three to be inducted into PBL Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015

PAXTON — A clinical research scientist, a former University of Iowa women’s basketball coach and a former Air Force Two pilot will be inducted into the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Alumni Hall of Fame during homecoming week this fall.

The PBL school board last Wednesday unanimously approved the 2015 induction class of Dr. B. Lynn Allen-Hoffman, Thomas Johnson and Angie Lee.

New church name, same ministry hopes for Woods

PAXTON — The Vineyard Church of Paxton’s transition to Hope Vineyard Church on April 1 means more than just a name change.

Over two decades, the Rev. Jimm and DeDe Wood have wanted to make more of an impact on their community. In the next two weeks, the culmination of that reality will occur at their church.

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