My Amish Home: Painful month over; here comes March

"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings; and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." John 14:23-24

February 2015 is history, then comes March.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults


Isaiah Loyd of Danville North Ridge had the area's highest finish, earning second runner-up in the eighth-grade contest at last weekend's IESA Chess Championship at Illinois State University's Bone Center.

Meg Makes: Friends make tricky recipes a snap

My baking friends and I got together recently, and I had one mission in mind: to conquer a ridiculously complicated recipe I'd encountered via NPR last year.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical conferences benefit researchers

Where can genealogical researchers go to attend any one of 150 genealogical seminars/workshops to be taught by more than 80 experts in their field?

Answer: This year the location is St. Louis, Mo., and May 13-16 are the dates for the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) annual conference, "Crossroads of America."

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Academic honors

Tiffany Cherice Harrington of Champaign was named to the dean's list at the University of Memphis for the fall 2014 semester.

Logan Newkirk, a native of Watseka, was named to the Trevecca Nazarene University dean's list for fall 2014.

Outwitted by a thermostat

With all the shoveling, back pain and creative driving we’ve endured in recent days, I thought I’d offer some tried-and-true homeowner advice to help you get through the rest of the winter.

Today’s installment is a step-by-step guide for what (not) to do when your furnace stops working on the coldest day of the year. Just in case, you know, that were to ever happen.

Spotlight on Service, March 3, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Exchange club of Urbana

About the club

President: JoAnn Smith

Origin: Chartered in 1926

Meets: Every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


These aren't your parents' yearbooks

High school yearbooks used to be collections of photos and text that sat there on the page — but now they have to jump right out at you.

At $50 or more, the yearbook is big business at area high schools like Centennial, where adviser Lindsay Green says nearly the entire cost goes to production.

At Urbana High School, the Rosemary's in the same situation.