Landscaping: Native plant choices may add to curb appeal if you are selling

By The University of Illinois Extension

Curb appeal makes a difference, whether you are planning to sell or stay in your home for the long haul. According to researchers at Texas A&M, landscaping brings an average 109 percent return on every dollar spent.

Interest in rifle raffle spreads from Alaska to Florida

ATWOOD — Officially, the raffle of a semiautomatic rifle to benefit youth baseball in the Atwood-Hammond area hasn't even begun.

Unofficially, it's already raised a couple thousand dollars.

Gearhead of the Week: Scott Ingrum

Jeep collector Scott Ingrum of Paris talks about his rare 1957 Jeep Forward Control.

Vermilion agency raffle includes yard makeover

DANVILLE — Evidence of Shelly Larson's landscaping abilities can be seen all over Danville's downtown, and this spring, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful is offering people the chance to win a $5,000 yard makeover that includes Larson's talent as a consultant.

Gearhead of the Week: Darryl Cochran

Darryl Cochran of Paris talks about his favorite car, his 1950 Ford Custom coupe.

Eagle Day at Danville Area Community College

Representatives from World Bird Sanctuary, Valley Park, Missouri, talked with area fourth graders about birds of prey during Eagle Day at Mary Miller Gym at Danville Area Community College Wednesday February 6, 2013. 

Central Illinois Daily Life Feb. 4 - Feb. 11

Images of events and every day life in Central Illinois as seen through the lenses of News-Gazette photographers.

Gearhead of the Week: John Serd

John Serd of Danville talks about his Ford Fairlanes.

Rescued horses 'still battling'

DEWEY — It's still too early to tell if horses taken from a rural Vermilion County farm and transported to a rural Dewey horse rescue earlier this month will survive.