Life Remembered: Kanis a 'damn fine prosecutor,' wonderful friend

URBANA — Colleagues say a young Champaign County prosecutor who died of an apparent heart attack was a good lawyer with a penchant for research and a wonderful friend with a great sense of humor.

Grays, quartz gaining popularity in kitchens

URBANA — The immediate past president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association told members of Champaign County Association of Realtors that they should look for more gray tones, quartz counter tops and white-painted cabinets in kitchens.

Speaking Thursday in Urbana, Alan Zielinski reported results of the association's 2013 Design Trends Survey.

2013 Ebertfest schedule

Some full passes are still available for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, associate festival director Mary Susan Britt said. And individual tickets go on sale in two weeks.

Jack Black, 'Bernie' coming to Ebertfest; Swinton, Linklater return

CHAMPAIGN — Tilda Swinton is back, and Jack Black is, well, Jack Black at next month's 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival.

Leader of Danville Y takes new job

DANVILLE — The chief executive officer at the Danville Family YMCA has accepted a position with Y-USA as resource director serving small to midsize YMCAs in central and southern Illinois.

Youth briefs March 20, 2013

Three students from Central High School in Champaign have been named National Merit finalists. They are Jennifer Anderson, Kristen Campbell and Likith Govindaiah.

The Franklin Middle School MathCounts Team won third place in its regional competition. The team scored high enough to advance to the state competition. Franklin is in Champaign.

Illinois Ancestors: Acclaimed genealogist writes new book

Noted genealogist Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck has just written a fascinating little book with an interesting title: "The Name IS The Game: Onomatology and the Genealogist."

The author notes that the study of onomatology "is one based on records over centuries and requires an awareness of a multitude of changes in names."

Life Remembered: Renee Schoonover involved in lives at Lincoln's Challenge

Renee Schoonover had a heart for getting involved in people's lives, especially young people, but didn't like being the center of attention.

When a reporter asked for photos of Mrs. Schoonover at her workplace, there were few to choose from.

That's the way she was, according to her boss, Peter Thomas, director of Lincoln's Challenge.

Fifth-graders' building project a benefit for dogs and the community

Two fifth-graders from South Side Elementary got the chance to turn hard work into an act of giving, and it's been a learning experience they won't soon forget. Termarion Howard and Dequan Newell worked with adult mentors to build two solid, well-insulated, large doghouses for local outdoor dogs that needed protection from East Central Illinois' extreme temperatures and wind.

Letter from Birdland: Getting up close and personal with cows

In Birdland, the calendar says spring is coming soon, and on a sunny day like today, 30 degrees can seem almost balmy.

But I'm writing from campus today because this weekend is the Engineering Open House and other open houses and tours. The University of Illinois is alive with kids — from grade school on up, walking in groups between exhibits.