Chambana Dad to Know: Bryan Phelps

Bryan Phelps is a stay-at-home-dad by day, and rock star/bartender at night. An Indiana native, Phelps as been around the Champaign-Urbana music scene for more than 15 years, playing in bands including the Good Patch, Lucky Mulholland, and the Chemicals. He and his wife, Jolee, have twin boys, Isaak and Judah, who will be in first grade this new school year. Bryan is an active … [Read more...]

Chambana Dad to Know: Anthony Cobb

Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb is a native of the Champaign-Urbana community. In 1992, Chief Cobb started his law enforcement career with the Urbana Police Department (UPD) where he would spend 20 years serving the citizens of Urbana. He progressed through the ranks, from police officer, to the position of Assistant Chief of Police. In March of 2012, Chief Cobb retired … [Read more...]

Chambana Dad to Know: Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett for the past several weeks has shown he is as versatile a television broadcaster as there is. A member of the WCIA-3 sports department for nine years, the Pleasant Plains native moved over to fill in as a news anchor alongside Jennifer Roscoe upon the departure of Dave Benton and the show hasn't missed a beat. Aaron is a University of Missouri grad (we … [Read more...]

Chambana Dad to Know: Chris Kloeppel

At just 32, Chris Kloeppel is the youngest Champaign Community Unit 4 School District Board of Education president in recent memory  - if not ever. Born in Georgia, Kloeppel lived in foster care until he was adopted at the age of 5. The family moved to Urbana when he was a teenager, and he graduated from Urbana High School. He met wife Tiffany while lifeguarding at Sholem Pool … [Read more...]

Remembering WCIA anchor Dave Benton

WCIA news anchor Dave Benton's fight against brain cancer was as public as it was courageous, and he no doubt helped innumerable cancer survivors while continuing his work in the most public of settings. The longtime newsman died Tuesday, six weeks after leaving the air. He was 52. Benton was a popular figure in Central Illinois news, broadcasting with the Champaign CBS … [Read more...]