Meg Makes: Don't buy appetizers — make them

Homemade hummus is one of my favorite appetizers, and while I've been known to make my own pitas, I find the individual rolling to be a pain.

These breadsticks have a similar taste and texture, but roll out a lot more quickly, which is a good thing if you're on your way to a Super Bowl party or are hosting guests in your home.

Homemade breadsticks

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Illinois State Scholars

Nine senior students at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

My Amish Home: Good times on the road and back at home

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Acts 2:38-39

Illinois Ancestors: Advertised runaways often included whites

Many thousands of white Europeans did not come to the American colonies as free men and women, but as indentured servants, political exiles and transported convicts. Many who could not pay for passage to America agreed to be a servant for a few years in exchange for the trip. 

Let's get tracking

Want to know not just how fast you ran your last run, but also how your pace compared to last week's or last month's run? Whether your heart rate was higher or lower than when you ran that distance last year?

Spotlight on Service, Jan. 27, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Pride in Paxton

About the club

President: Teri Hancock

Origin: Founded in 1993

Meets: At 11 a.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at Monical's Pizza in Paxton.

To Your Health: Detoxing the myths of so-called cleanse diets

By Leia Kedem

Cleanses and detox diets take many shapes and forms, but are similar in that they claim to remove toxins from the body and cause drastic weight loss. Many people even report high levels of energy and euphoria as well as feeling more spiritual overall. Sounds good, right?

Getting Personal: Brian Moody

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 41-year-old Tuscola resident Brian Moody, the executive director of Tuscola Economic Development Inc., chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Surprise trip to the Keys

By Judi Kutzko