Bob Swisher: An impressive display of honesty

At a recent estate/antique sale, a local jeweler was asked to estimate the value of some sterling silver. He was to give the promoters a suggested retail price and a price he would pay to melt the silver down in today's market.

Sandra Mason: Bindweeds got you in a bind?

As Architect Frank Lloyd Wright stated, "A physician may bury his mistakes, but an architect can only plant a vine." Plenty of pretty vines exist to dress up arbors and trellises and even hide a few "mistakes" in our landscape. Clematis, climbing hydrangea and native honeysuckles come to mind. However, a few vines slip into our landscapes and become the mistake.

The Fit List

The Fit List has been on summer vacation for a while. Now it’s back, with your list of upcoming races.

Religion calendar, July 22-29, 2016

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Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.


Rich Warren: Reader emails: Knowledge is power

Living in a high-tech hub such as Champaign-Urbana accrues many benefits. One of those is highly knowledgeable readers. We recently wrote about "just a few major companies" manufacturing the majority of lithium batteries. A reader, who makes his living involving batteries, responded:

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Revolutionary War-era photos found

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently reported that journalist Joe Bauman has posted photographs of men who fought in the Revolutionary War — a rare occurrence since "the dawn of practical photography" was not until the early 1840s.

Meg Makes: No better time of year for beer-can chicken

Beer-can chicken is a summer favorite in my house. It's easy enough, but changing up the marinade and rub can transform this entree into something truly special.

Fish sauce, which you can increasingly find in the grocery store, gives the marinade a great, unexpected flavor. A paprika rub makes the outside taste good, too.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

County champs

Urbana girls 10-U girls' summer softball league fielded a team which played in the Greater Champaign County girls' softball tournament on June 20-23 at St. Joseph.

Urbana defeated teams from Champaign and St. Joseph on the first day of action, and defeated Mahomet to take the title.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

ISU chart-toppers

Illinois State University released its dean's list for the spring semester, including the following area students:

Arrowsmith — Barbara Maxwell

Atwood — Kaitlyn Wildman

Buckley — Melanie Foss

Cerro Gordo — Colton Blickensderfer, Stephen Hayes, Braden McCarty, Sean Reed

My Amish Home: Maintaining yard means wrestling a beast

"In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, let me never be ashamed: deliver in me they righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me and guide me. ...