Just 1 question: Why were you picked for homecoming royalty?

October means high school homecoming — a time to gear up for the big football game, make floats for the parade and work up the courage to ask one another to the Saturday night dance. But what would homecoming be without the timeless tradition of choosing a king and queen?

Rich Warren: Still striving for good phone reception

Readers ask valid questions that defy easy answers. For example:

"How about a column comparing the various choices for telephone service, especially voice quality, AT&T regular service whatever that is, AT&T U-verse, Comcast.

Illinois Ancestors: Global cemetery meeting set for Saturday

According to a recent article (29 September) in Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, "On Saturday, 17 October, Ancestry is hosting a global 'Find a Grave Community Day' ...

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

Gold medal

MANSFIELD — a Mansfield woman helped earn a gold medal for the U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Travel Team at a major equestrian competition in South Africa.

Meg Makes: A perfect pair of spaghetti pairings

Because of my husband's Italian heritage — and because it's delicious — spaghetti is often a featured dish at dinner.

We recently added two share-worthy side dishes: garlic bread from scratch and pan-fried ricotta cakes that reminded me of pancakes, only more delicious and perfect for dipping.


Some young female athletes who are training hard to build strong bodies and be competitive in their sports could also be jeopardizing their health with their eating habits.

Young women training at a high level who don't eat enough calories lose body mass and bone density, putting them at risk for frail bones and fractures later in life.

To Your Health: Generic, name brands separated only by cost

By Whitney Ajie/University of Illinois Extension

Spotlight on Service, Oct. 6, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Tuscola Kiwanis

About the club

President: Jerry Leonard.

Origin: Established March 25, 1986.

Meets: Noon Mondays at the Amishland Buffet in the Red Barn, 1304 Tuscola Blvd.

Pet Talk: Pets and pot

By MELISSA GIESE/University of Illinois by mediaplayer"> College of Veterinary Medicine

Jim Dey: The story of Battlin' Billy Martin

In a sport filled with oversized characters, Major League Baseball's Billy Martin was one of a kind — a fiendish player, shrewd manager, brawler, drinker and self-destructive, rarely self-reflective sports celebrity.