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Updated: winter weather advisory issued for Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For Ford and Iroquois counties, a separate winter weather advisory has been issued from 6 a.m. Sunday until 12 a.m. Monday.

Ohio Art Co. sells Etch A Sketch

BRYAN, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for more than five decades has sold the classic toy to a Toronto-based toy firm.

Bryan-based Ohio Art Co. made the surprise move to sell the Etch A Sketch and its spinoff, the Doodle Sketch, to Spin Master Corp. for an undisclosed price. Ohio Art announced the sale Thursday.

Marijuana dispensary aiming for late March opening

CHAMPAIGN — It's looking like it will be late March before the medical marijuana dispensary under construction in Champaign will open, according to the leader of an outreach organization working with the owners.

Lo family selling farm equipment

RANTOUL — An auction has been set for later this month to sell a vast array of farm equipment and vehicles owned by the Lo family.

The Los are retiring from farming, according to the Hamilton-based auction house, Sullivan Auctioneers.

This day in history, Feb. 13, 2016

Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2016. There are 322 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On Feb. 13, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.

On this date:

Area history, Feb. 13, 2016

In 1916, Deputy Sheriff Harry Evans is home from the Chester penitentiary and reports that convicted murderer Harry Slade of Urbana is still in solitary confinement. The solitary department is built in the ground and equipped with cells, each one being lighted by a window about one foot square.

Weekend planner: Love is in the air

If you want to take your sweetheart out this weekend, there's plenty to choose from. The American Legion Post 559, 704 N. Hickory St., C, will host a Sweetheart Weekend, starting with the Red & White Party at 9 p.m. today, with music by Master Blaster and DJ Ole Schoolz. Wear red and white, as organizer and Post 559 treasurer Richard Davis did for a photograph.

Sharing their love

SAVOY — Bill and Margarite "Mike" Stallman have been married for just shy of 65 years, and they still love each other — they even still like each other.

They're celebrating Valentine's Day almost 70 years after they met at the University of Illinois because they use one word a lot to describe their marriage: share.

Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

Hospital assessment hearing scheduled

URBANA — Local hospitals will get the chance they've requested to argue their upcoming property tax bills at a public hearing set for next week before the Champaign County Board of Review.

The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Shields Meeting Room at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.