Bottenfield students hustling to honor late teacher

Bottenfield Elementary School students are honoring their late physical-education teacher with their feet.

To Your Health: Recess before lunch

By Irisha Clark

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 9, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Watseka Elks Lodge 1791

About the club

Exalted Ruler: Scott Kingdon

Origin: The lodge was granted its charter from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1950 and currently has around 250 members.

John Roska: Bank might be on the hook for security-deposit refund

Q: My former landlord sent a check to my roommate for the refund of our security deposit. The check was made out to both my roommate and me, but my roommate cashed it with just his signature. If my old roommate won't give me my share, can I make the landlord pay me my share?

Pet Talk: When beaks go bad

By MELISSA GIESE/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Sally Foote: Pet behavior gadgets backfire

If you look through any pet catalog or pet store, you will see plenty of ultrasonic/electronic devices that are designed to stop naughty, unwanted pet behaviors.

Scat mats, clip-on transmitters for your stairs, couch or front door area, and direct anti-barking collars are a few devices.

Ohio River: Gateway to the West

By Kenneth R. Olson and Lois Wright Morton

The Illinois city of Cairo overlooks the confluence of two great rivers, the Ohio and Mississippi.

Striking gold: 50 things about Super Bowl 50

In honor of the Super Bowl's 50th anniversary, staff writer Paul Wood unearthed 50 nuggets about the big game


Getting Personal: Casey Ludwig

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 31-year-old Champaign resident Casey Ludwig, the assistant director of programs and assistant director of Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the University of Illinois College of Media, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

For the retirees, Feb. 7-14, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.