My Amish Home | A week of upset schedules — and stomachs

"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves..." 2 Timothy 2:22-25

Pet Talk | Put up your pills

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

They say curiosity killed the cat, and it gets dogs into some bad situations as well. Curiosity often leads to disaster when pets find their way to human medications such as NSAIDs, acetaminophen and at-home chemotherapy.

For the retirees, March 10-17, 2019

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.

Getting Personal: Ben Manns

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 37-year-old Ben Manns, co-owner of Bunny's Tavern in Urbana, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Manns grew up in Urbana, where he had a favorite educator during his time at Yankee Ridge Elementary.

Where are you from?

I was born at Carle Foundation Hospital and grew up in Champaign-Urbana.

Rachel Vellenga | Author uses humor to address serious issues


Reading "Everything's Trash, But It's Okay" by Phoebe Robinson is like having a conversation with your funniest and coolest friend on a comfy couch in sweats.

Robinson is a best-selling author, a comedian and half of the team behind the popular podcast "2 Dope Queens."

The Law Q&A | Illinois law keeps an eye on biometric privacy

Under Illinois law, when a business collects biometric information from you, like a fingerprint, eye scan, face scan or hand scan, but fails to notify you about collecting such info, or discloses such info to third parties without your consent, can you get money compensation from the business without showing any actual economic or physical harm?

You bet your sweet iris you can.

Patricia Hruby Powell | Graphic novel tells a heartbreaking story

"Hey, Kiddo" (Graphix/Scholastic 2018) is a graphic novel and a memoir by author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Its subtitle, "How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction," is a pithy description of this important, page-turning book.

Don Follis | A reminder that we're all a wondrous mix of dust, divinity

At 6:50 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, I walked into St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Urbana and sat down amid the faithful already beginning to gather for the 7 a.m. Mass. I greeted a neighbor. I smiled at the parents of kids my children swam with in years gone by. An old friend was one of the morning Scripture readers.

Library events, March 10-17, 2019

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

Robeson third-graders' MLK mural infuses sad moment with hopeful messages

When third-graders at Robeson Elementary School decided to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated April 4, 1968, they thought big, with a 60-panel mural in stark black and white.