Meg Makes: Be the star of your potluck with this cake

I've mentioned my competitive spirit before, and it definitely extends to the bring-a-dish holiday meals.

I want my dish to be the best.

Easter is this weekend, and those of you who celebrate it might consider whipping up this gooey butter cake for your celebratory meal.

It's delicious, but it's easy, too.

Those Who Served: Harvey Hodges

Harvey Hodges talks about becoming a musician in the army at his home in Champaign on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was an 18-year-old stationed in a camp on Utah Beach hauling ammunition in July of 1944 when he got the summons.

Illinois Ancestors: April 1865 — Civil War's good, bad, worst days

As America continues to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it is appropriate to take note of important events that took place in April of 1865.

My Amish Home: March saw mix of sunshine, dreariness

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:10-12

We meet again, Mickey

When I tell people what I did over spring break, I get a variety of reactions.

Laughter. Sympathy. And from some fellow parents, knowing smiles.

My vacation involved a trip to Florida with my daughter — and about 100 of her middle-school friends. Four days at the Disney World theme parks, two overnight bus trips there and back.

Spotlight on Service, March 31, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Hoopeston Rotary

About the club

President: Michael Drollinger

Origin: Founded in 1941.

Meets: 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center Community Room.

On tap: Jennifer Shelby will be the speaker at today's meeting.

Exercising critically ill patients may help speed recovery


WASHINGTON (AP) — The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: It's hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators.

Tom Scaggs' Illini shrine is like no other

Tom Scaggs' guesthouse appears, at first look, an unassuming building.

A quick glance at the three-room building painted the same slate blue as the main house sitting to its north doesn't give the slightest hint to what lies inside.

But open the door, take three steps forward and to the right, flip on the lights and any thoughts of "unassuming" go right out the window.