Monticello Christmas event today

MONTICELLO — The annual Reds of Christmas event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in downtown Monticello.

Paying it forward

CHAMPAIGN — If Alyssa Kluth had her way, every child who wants to learn to dance would get the opportunity.

And, they would be able to do it for free.

That's why the St. Thomas More junior recently started donating her time and energy to ensure that happens for at least one child this year.

Edgar County hunters top results for first deer season

When it comes to shooting deer in East Central Illinois, no one does it better than hunters in Edgar County.

Rich Warren: Don't get left out in cold finding a great deal

Perhaps you're reading this standing in line waiting for the doors to open for so-called Black Friday, even if you gave up Thanksgiving dinner as have many of the employees who must work to serve you. How many bargains await you? Pathetically few. Black Friday represents the ultimate in bait-and-switch in consumer electronics.

In town for the trophy? There's more than football

IHSA football fans this weekend will pretty much have the town to themselves. Dress warm, savor the games and check out the town for shopping and food — a variety of restaurants that includes fast foods, pricey places and interesting ethnic offerings.

Illinois Ancestors: Include storytelling at family get-togethers

Special family get-togethers such as on Thanksgiving and Christmas offer excellent opportunities to share family stories or special memories. Be sure to include young and old alike and keep a record of everyone's remarks.

Keep it fun; perhaps as a game, with a prize for the funniest, saddest, most unusual, etc.

Urbana tops Central, Centennial in Habitat drive

Kitty Schwartz and her fellow Habitat for Humanity club members' cash collecting efforts paid off: Urbana High School blew Champaign Central and Centennial out of the water, raising nearly $500 for the local Habitat's "Veteran Thanks" project.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Class officers

Medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield have been elected to leadership positions as officers, representatives and committee members for the 2014-15 school year including two from the area.

Bryan Kidd, son of Rick and Nancy Kidd of St. Joseph, was elected chair of the fourth-year class.

Meg Makes: Lots of leftovers? Turn them into chili

I love Thanksgiving food all the way through leftovers, and so many people have creative ideas about how to prepare the remains of the feast.

This recipe from my co-worker Audrey LeGrande of Champaign is particularly creative. It's a post-Thanksgiving tradition in her household.

Turkey Corn Chili

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, chopped

My Amish Home: Sunday's warmth fights off shivers

"These are the things that ye shall do; speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgement of truth and peace in your gates; and let none or you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: For all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord." Zechariah 8:16-17