Updated: severe thunderstorm watch expires

The severe thunderstorm watch for our area has been allowed to expire.


A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Moultrie, northern Shelby, southwestern Piatt and southeastern Macon counties until 6 p.m.


Hoopeston group members riding to Houston-area animal shelter's rescue

HOOPESTON — Kathleen Orcutt and Deb Hefner are excited but also preparing emotionally to leave Saturday for Texas, where they will rescue dogs and cats from a shelter that's overwhelmed.

Champaign man learned extent of Texas relatives' plight from CNN

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Having spent last weekend in Las Vegas for the Mayweather-McGregor fight, Champaign's Thomas Holmes wasn't fully aware of just how much devastation Hurricane Harvey left behind on its way through Houston.

Dense fog advisory

Most of East Central Illinois is under a Dense Fog Advisory until Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The National Weather Service says Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, and Vermilion counties are all under the advisory.

The Reluctant Townie: Eclipse viewer for sale

I suppose I should pay more attention to the rotational idiosyncrasies of our solar system, because last week's Great American Eclipse took me by surprise.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 24, 2017

On Monday's front page, we asked in big, bold type where you'd be at the peak of the solar eclipse (1:20 p.m.).

BARBARA LILLYMAN showed us where, sending this tweet:

Eclipse had local scientists busy collecting data

While the rest of us were gazing at the vanishing sun through our protective glasses, two teams of scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey were busy collecting weather data before, during and after Monday's solar eclipse.

Melissa Merli: Just outside Carbondale, sky was clear for totality

CARBONDALE — I don't feel different. My perspective on life and the universe hasn't changed.

Well, maybe it's shifted a bit, after I experienced the total eclipse of the sun on Monday. Mainly, it was a lot of cosmic fun, with 27 old and new friends in and around the backyard pool at my old friends Mark Brittingham and Kathy Pine's home 5 miles west of Carbondale.

For area students, eclipse 'a one-of-a-kind thing'

DANVILLE — Five, 15, even 50 years from now, Jaden Winters will be able to recall not only where he was when Monday's total solar eclipse took place, but also what he thought about it.

"It was amazing," the South View Upper Elementary School fifth-grader wrote in his "dashboard diary," shortly after he and his classmates viewed the rare natural phenomenon outside on the school's lawn.

Eclipse '17: The latest

As Melissa Merli sets up camp in Carbondale, we'll provide updates throughout what appears to be a cloudy Monday (submit your pictures - from school, from your backyard, from a watch party -