Top of the Morning, March 18, 2019

PENNY WEAVER is pleased as punch to be the new editor of the Mahomet Citizen, one of News-Gazette Media's five weekly newspapers.

"The Mahomet Citizen is a great fit for me personally because I love small towns and small-town newspapers," said Weaver, an Eastern Illinois grad who's making her seventh newspaper stop.

Police: States where marijuana's legal see more accidents

CHAMPAIGN — As Illinois inches closer to legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults, some local police officials are dreading the potential impact of more stoned drivers on area roads.

Just Askin' | Spring yard-waste collection

Q: When is spring yard-waste collection this year?

A: It depends on where you live, but in Champaign, Urbana and Danville, it will begin sometime next month.

Champaign has shortened its yard-waste pickup from four consecutive weeks to one collection in April and another in May for each of the Orange and Blue zones the city is divided into.

Election 2019: The choices are yours

Exactly one year from today, Land of Lincolners will go to the polls to decide who should represent the two major parties in the 2020 presidential election.

But first, there's another election to attend to.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 17, 2019

Consider this your 365-day warning: On March 17, 2020, Illinois, Florida and Arizona will hold presidential primaries, becoming the 22nd, 23rd and 24th states to do so. What storylines should we be paying close attention to between now and then? That's the question we posed to this week's panel in part one of a two-Sunday miniseries.

Top of the Morning, March 17, 2019

No matter how many times cancer takes a swipe at him, Andrew Cotner keeps punching back.

"You have a choice to make," Cotner said. "I felt like being positive was the right direction for me to go."

This day in history, March 17, 2019

Today is Sunday, March 17, the 76th day of 2019. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick's Day.

Today's highlight

On March 17, 1762, New York held its first St. Patrick's Day parade.

On this date

In 1776, the Revolutionary War Siege of Boston ended as British forces evacuated the city.

Area history, March 17, 2019

Today is Sunday, March 17, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the Varsity Theater on East Main Street in Champaign completed remodeling, redecorating and renovation work. The current film featured actor J. Warren Kerrigan in "Raiders of the Range."

GOP lawmaker seeks to lower age at which kids can be left home alone


SPRINGFIELD — At what age should it be legal for a child to be at home alone, or to be caring for younger siblings?

In Illinois, it's currently 14, the strictest such law in the nation for more than 25 years.

One Republican lawmaker wants that changed to 12.

A class act: Schlarman seniors use money raised for trip on service projects

DANVILLE — For the last 3 years, Schlarman Academy seniors have been raising money for their class trip.

They sold popcorn and cookie dough and held 50-50 raffles at athletic events. They also partnered with Culver's to hold Share Night fundraisers.