Saturday Apr 5
Volunteers plant trees in tornado-ravaged Gifford
Volunteers, from left, Jane Solon, of Champaign West Rotary, Charlie Marsh, of Urbana, Andy Sievers, of the Mahomet Lions Club, use a bit of teamwork to plant a tree in the central part of Gifford to plant about 235 trees as part of a rebuilding effort in areas heavily affected by last fall's tornado.
St. Olaf students spend spring break helping with tornado cleanup
St. Olaf College students who are spending this week helping Illinois communities clean up after a devastating tornado tell the local CBS affiliate that it's a rewarding way to spend spring break.
Putting down roots
The trees are being delivered, the heavy equipment has been arranged, the crews have their assignments and all systems are a go - almost - for Saturday's mass tree-planting in tornado-raked Gifford.
More than 200 trees on tap for Gifford
With many of its old trees gone and those remaining appearing skeletal, tornado-damaged Gifford could use a little facelift.
Minnesota students spend spring break helping Gifford
Thirty-eight St. Olaf College students, part of the Lutheran liberal arts college's annual Ole Spring Relief service tour, arrived in the northeastern Champaign County village to begin uncovering and removing debris from yards where a tornado sliced through the town last Nov. 17. "We're a school that really loves to be of service.
Grants for water plant, tower 'big step' for Gifford recovery
Two federal grants totaling $650,000 will "be a big step for us toward getting our water system back on line," Gifford Mayor Derald Ackerman said Monday as the village received grants to repair its water treatment plant and rebuild its water tower.
Federal funds to help Gifford with water plant, tower
Tornado-walloped Gifford has received word that it has received $650,000 in USDA rural development funds to rebuild its water treatment plant and to replace its water tower.
Detachment talk heats up following tornado
Gifford students could have some other options after grade school if voters indicate a desire to detach from Rantoul Township High School.