To Your Health | Enhance green beans' flavor with simple recipe

If you have visited any farmers markets recently, you know that it's hard to walk even a few steps without a bright, fresh and delicious bunch of produce catching your eye.

June is a great time of year for fresh fruits and vegetables from Illinois farmers.

With that in mind, I do have a confession: Green beans are a vegetable I rarely buy fresh.

Pet Talk | The importance of keeping cats active

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Illinois at 200 Art Exhibit

Artwork for the Illinois at 200 exhibit is seen at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Champaign. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display from June 18 - August 8.

Getting Personal: Carolyn Kodes

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 56-year-old Champaign resident CAROLYN KODES, a fixture at the Station Theatre in Urbana, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Kodes has done everything there is to do at the Station. She's also worked in a recording studio, and she's done a few movies, too.

Deb Aronson | Satisfying story told with personal letters


One of the most unusual parts about Kate Messner's "Breakout," (Bloomsbury) is its format. The story is an epistolary novel — a story told in personal letters that characters exchange.

In this case, "letters" include text messages, excerpts from journals, transcribed audio recordings and comics drawn by the main character's little brother, Owen.

Don Follis | Memorial, museum evoke painful memories

Back in the day, when I was a theology student, one of my professors handed the students an essay by a Southern white preacher from the mid-1800s arguing that the Bible clearly justified slavery. Our assignment was to read the essay and write a one-page response.

Library events, June 17-24, 2018

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 3 p.m. today at the main library, check out Michael Moxie's magic, juggling and comedy in a performance for families.

For the retirees, June 17-24, 2018

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, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

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

The Law Q&A | What happens to leases when real estate changes hands

Hey all you landlords and tenants, pull up a metaphorical chair and metaphorically listen close, because we're gonna talk about assignments of lease rights in the sale of real estate.

Did you know that when ownership changes hands in the middle of a lease with a tenant, the ownership change does not automatically transfer all the seller's/old landlord's rights to the buyer?

C-U haiku, June 17, 2018

a father pushes

his daughter away and waits

for the swing's return

— Jason Lee Brown, Champaign

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