Services for 7 year old Willow Long will be held in her hometown of Watson, Illinois on Monday. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. A visitation is scheduled to take place Saturday at the Hearts Rock Cafe in Effingham High School from 5 to 9 p.m. Willow's uncle, 22 year old Justin DeRyke, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he told investigators he killed his niece to end her suffering after she accidentally fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck with a stick. DeRyke is being held on $5 million bond and hiring an attorney. He's set to appear again in court next Thursday.
St. Louis-based Furniture Brands International has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company makes the Thomasville, Broyhill, Lane and Drexel Heritage brands. Officials say the bulk of the company will be sold to investment firm Oaktree Capital Management. Furniture Brands shares fell almost 47 percent to close at 30 cents.
Homeless advocate Reverend Larry Rice is back, this time hoping to reestablish Integrity Village at same site that was condemned by the city last year. The city shut down the homeless camp at Vandeventer and I-44 in May of last year, citing public health concerns and no occupancy permits as reasons for condemnation. Rice and three others were arrested that night after refusing to vacate the property. A prayer tent is expected to be pitched Tuesday after a recent court ruling said Rice can once again practice religion on the property.