In the Garden | Protecting tomato plants

Nothing beats a homegrown tomato! Even when in season, the store-bought varieties just cannot compare to a fully ripe tomato harvested at its peak from your own garden. So many gardeners across America choose tomato plants for their garden each year for this reason, making it the most planted garden crop in the U.S.

Religion calendar, June 14-21, 2019

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The Fit List

Here is your list of races for the next few weekends.

My Amish Home | Days are warm, but there's too much to do

"But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory." Mark 13:24-26

Family Life | Incorporate small changes toward dropping pounds

This article is from UI Extension Family Life intern Kyle Dickey, a senior at the University of Illinois studying interdisciplinary health sciences.

Krazy Is A Perk | I truly know what it means to fall in love


On June 19, Thomas and I will celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary. There were those who said we were too young to tie the knot, but we scoffed at them. I mean, please, we were in love, and you can't put an age on love. Although a glass of Champagne at my own wedding would've been nice.

Don Follis | The evil of addiction is never satisfied

My heart sunk when Austin Eubanks died on May 18. Eubanks, 37, was a recovering drug addict who been clean for seven years. Among the many mysterious and puzzling aspects of addiction is that there are times when the disease of addiction ends in death, sometimes after years of sobriety. Ironically, Eubanks was a well-known, highly-regarded spokesman for the recovering community.

Getting Personal: Clark Bullard

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, CLARK BULLARD, a University of Illinois professor and environmentalist, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Bullard is about to receive the National Wildlife Federation's National Conservation Special Achievement Award.

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Virginia Theatre's 2019-20 season has options galore

The next season at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign runs the gamut of local, regional and national acts.

Letter from Birdland | Four-legged thief ruins birthday surprise

Where shall I begin? Should the story start with Michael on the roof? Or the pies? Baby chicks? Maybe I should start with the birthday croissants, but if you know Ursula, the bad dog, at all, you already know the end of that story, which involved an exuberant but solitary celebration of fancy carbs.