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2009-01-11 14:38:34

An Illinois couple who said they enjoyed hanging out at Taco Bell decided to marry there. It's appropriate. It's an off-beat relationship and we figured that would be off-beat, said Paul Brooks, 30, a professional videographer from Normal, Ill. Friday night, Brooks wed Caragh Brooks, 21, an Australian artist and writer he met through an Internet dating service more than a year ago, The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Ill., reported Sunday. The couple shared the same last name before marriage but...

2009-01-03 17:11:35

Sam Shepard, the writer and actor who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play Buried Child, was charged with drunken driving Saturday in Illinois. Police in Normal, Ill., stopped Shepard for speeding at about 2 a.m., the Bloomington Pantagraph reported. Lt. Mark Kotte said Shepard drove his Chevy Tahoe over the curb as he came to a stop. The way he pulled up upon the curb, it appeared he was driving under the influence, Kotte said. Shepard was released from the McLean County Jail Saturday after...

2008-11-28 15:02:18

The Christmas ornaments handcrafted out of reindeer dung come with a certificate of authenticity from the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Ill., the zoo says. The ornaments sold at the zoo gift shop for $5 are made of dried chunks collected by zoo employees and then clear-coated or rolled in glitter. Each one is unique. They are each a work of art, Marketing Director Susie Ohley told the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph. The newspaper said Friday that while reindeer are not small animals, their...

2008-10-06 21:00:24

By M.K. Guetersloh BLOOMINGTON - A McLean County judge has refused efforts to tie the foreclosure on the Ensenberger building to the civil lawsuit between the building owner and the condominium developer. CEFCU, the Peoria-based credit union, is foreclosing on the nearly $5.8 million loan it issued to developer Ward Waller and co- signed by owner Merle Huff. Waller, of Bloomington, and Huff, of Peoria, are in a separate legal fight over who has rights to the building, 212 N. Center...

2008-10-02 21:00:11

By Scott Richardson;srichardson@pantagraph.com Anglers are nice folks. Here are two examples:- Bloomington- Normal realtor Jeff Prochnow, who is public relations officer for the Mohammed Shrine chapter based in Bartonville, picked up a check for about $500 from the Bloomington-Normal Bass Club at its regular meeting Wednesday. The money will go to the Shriners Children's Hospital of Chicago, a place where kids can get the medical care they need no matter what their financial circumstances....

2008-09-18 21:00:19

BLOOMINGTON - The 2007 winner of "America's Got Talent," ventriloquist Terry Fator, will bring himself and his multiple personalities to the stage of Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 via the Coliseum box office and area Ticketmaster locations. Fator was the million-dollar prize winner on the NBC series during the 2007 season. As a result of that win, Las Vegas' Mirage Hotel recently signed the...

2008-09-17 21:00:25

By Bob Holliday NORMAL - Davin Garrett started cutting the hair of his friends. Now, he's opened a barber shop in Normal. "I was cutting out of college dorms and was known as the underground barber' and the name stuck on me," he said. Garrett's new shop, at 315 W. Beaufort, Suite B, is appropriately called Underground Barber Shop. It is located near Illinois State University's Watterson Towers. Garrett had been cutting hair at another location in Bloomington but wanted more walk-in...

2008-09-15 21:00:22

BLOOMINGTON - The Verizon Foundation has awarded $25,000 to YouthBuild McLean County. The money will be used to upgrade technology in the YouthBuild schools to help students better use technology and to succeed in college and careers. (c) 2008 Pantagraph. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-12 21:00:26

By PANTAGRAPH STAFF BLOOMINGTON - An event next week will recognize women's achievements in business and honor the recipient of the 2008 Athena Award. The Women's Division of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce will present the award at the 6 p.m. Thursday dinner at the Parke Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. A pre-event reception will be at 5:15 p.m. The keynote speaker is Linda Garbe, president of The Garbe Creative Group in Towanda. The cost to attend is $45. Today...

2008-09-11 21:00:14

By Scott Richardson There's good news on the outdoor front. In the midst of Gov. Blagojevich's wrong-headed move to close two dozen state parks and historic sites comes word that Mike Steffa, supervisor at McLean County's Comlara Park, has been named to head of the county's Parks & Recreation Department. Steffa, 44, replaces Bill Wasson, who moved to the county's central administrative headquarters in downtown Bloomington. "I'm just glad I got it," said Steffa, who will oversee one...

Word of the Day
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'