Significant Structures | Tiernan Building embodies work of 'Urbana's architect'

URBANA — This building has never lost its magic.

The first floor of 115 W. Main St. was once a grocery store (now Crane Alley), but above it were an opera house, then a Masonic organization. You can clearly see these traces, even in a building with many new touches.

The Reluctant Townie | Trump's review of Woodward's 'Fear'

Today's column was "guest-written" by the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

This week, lying Dem operative Bob Woodward, reporter and editor for FAKE NEWS outlet Washington Post, released a book about the first two years of my presidency, titled "Fear."

Getting Personal: Robert and Sondra Libman

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with Robert and Sondra Libman, who have been honored as 2018 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens. The honor is based on their commitment to education and a lifetime of community service, focusing on the needs of the underprivileged.

Alice B. McGinty | Stories deliver unique takes on fun

Autumn is rolling in and soccer season beginning. Here are two new voices from different cultural backgrounds, each bringing us their unique takes on play, friendship, joy, communication and overcoming struggles.

Join the soccer game as you read "The Field" (2017, NorthSouth Books, written by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jaqueline Alcantara (from Illinois), ages 3-8).

C-U haiku, Sept. 16, 2018

Blue flash soars above

Silver straight unfurls great wings

Shimmer in sunrise.

— Maeve Reilly, Champaign

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city along with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Library events, Sept. 16-23, 2018

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

In the Garden | Identifying a common outdoor enemy

Among the plants that grow in the Illinois landscape, poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is perhaps the most notorious. This plant is certainly well known by name among most gardeners, naturegoers and outdoor folks, but many are unable to identify it correctly in the field.

Religion calendar, Sept. 14-21, 2018

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Mahomet museum's Prairie Stories event brings 1800s living to life

MAHOMET — Rainfall couldn't keep Mahomet's Linda Eardley from checking out the Museum of the Grand Prairie's Prairie Stories event with her two grandchildren, Kaden Johnson, 8, and Libby Johnson, 6, on Saturday.

"We just love it out here," Eardley said. "It's kind of my thing with the grandkids."

My Amish Home | Learning to readjust after another tragedy

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.