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Ex-ISU librarian to get tombstone

BLOOMINGTON - Angeline Vernon "Ange" Milner - the namesake of Illinois State University's Milner Library - will get a special gift for what would have been her 150th birthday.

Her unmarked grave will be graced with a tombstone.

ISU librarians discovered that Milner, who was university librarian from 1890 to 1928, is buried in Bloomington's Evergreen Cemetery in an unmarked grave. After research with university and cemetery staff, her exact location was found.

A ceremony to formally dedicate the gravestone will be at 10:30 a.m. April 10 in the cemetery.

For more information call Toni Tucker at (309) 438-7402.

Author to speak at black literature event

BLOOMINGTON - Barnes & Noble, 1701 E. Empire St., Bloomington, will host young reader's author Harriette Gillem Robinet at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Robinet is the author of many historical fiction titles for young readers, including "Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule," "Walking to the Bus Rider Blues," and her newest release, "Twenty Travelers, Twenty Horses."

She will speak and sign her books as a part of the African American Read-In Chain sponsored by the Illinois State University Center for Literacy.

The Read-In Chain will go from 1 to 10 p.m. with readers from ISU and the greater Bloomington-Normal Community reading and discussing black literature continuously for nine hours.

Church honored for Compassion Center

BLOOMINGTON - Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington has been selected to receive a national award for outreach and social concern from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

The church received The Elinor Curry Award for Outreach and Social Concern and an award of $1,000.

The award recognizes the church's ministry to homeless people in Bloomington through the creation of the Compassion Center. Built by the church in 2004, the day center offers shelter, showers, laundry facilities, clothing and personal items while providing services to help the residents move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Foundation funds ambulance equipment

CLINTON - The Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation has presented a check for $10,754 to the Clinton Ambulance Service for the purchase of two new ambulance cots and new radio equipment for the two newer ambulances.

The money was raised from the foundation's gala in October 2005 and donations by the Revere Recreational Association.

For more information about the foundation, call (217) 935-9571 ext. 3258.

Police, fire, rescue

Fire victim remains in hospital burn unit

BLOOMINGTON - A 35-year-old man remained hospitalized Thursday with injuries he suffered in a Jan. 26 fire.

Fire officials previously described the incident as a flash fire hot enough to melt curtains 15 feet away.

Michael Charles, who lists a Galesburg address, was in good condition Thursday afternoon at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, a hospital official said.

He was taken to Memorial's burn unit following a fire about 10:40 p.m. Jan. 26 in a second floor apartment at 804 Turnberry Drive, police and fire officials said.

Deputy Fire Chief David Adelsberger said his department has not released information on the cause of the fire.

It was unclear if Charles lived in the apartment.

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