When it comes to food, sometimes father knows best

We asked our readers if their fathers were great cooks, and we learned there are many fantastic men out there who are wizards at the grill and stove. Their children and wives have sent us recipes for some great main dishes, appetizers, salads and desserts. Some of these recipes you might want to clip and save.

As you read the recipes and the little notes about why these men are special, you'll realize the old saying about food being the way to the heart is true. There's sentimentality attached to these recipes for chicken wings and upside down cakes and all the others – Special memories of dads in the kitchen. Write down your own – and enjoy a happy Father's Day on Sunday.

Medicinal-herbs class looks at plants in different light

URBANA – Catherine Novak believes in the power of herbs – and not just because they're tasty.

In her herbal medicine chest classes – taught at Novak's store, Beads N Botanicals, in Urbana – the Hoopeston woman teaches students how to look at the plants for healing and health properties as well.

Champaign IBM employee going to South Africa

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is heading to South Africa for a month after being selected for IBM's Corporate Service Corps program.

Craig Pessman, an IBM mobile employee engaged in software sales, is one of the first 300 employees chosen to take part in the program.

Champaign visitors bureau seeks new executive director

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking a new executive director to succeed Scott Hockman.

Hockman resigned Monday after three years on the job. He did not specify reasons for leaving other than that he "decided to move on to other opportunities."

Condo owners taking over duties during foreclosure

CHAMPAIGN – A foreclosure complaint has been filed against the developer of a condominium community on Champaign's north side, and residents there are wondering when the subdivision will be completed.

Bank of America on May 29 filed a complaint of foreclosure against Raycorp-Champaign LLC, developer of Villas at Ashland Farm.

2 downtown Urbana streets to be shut Saturday for dance

URBANA – Two streets in Urbana will be closed on Saturday for a street dance.

Les Stratton of the city of Urbana said Race Street between Elm Street and Main Street and Elm Street between Race Street and Broadway Avenue will be closed for a street dance at 2 p.m. Saturday. He said they should reopen no later than 2 a.m. Sunday.

New columnist 'never paid full price,' doesn't want you to

MAHOMET – Sarah Holmes once bought more than $400 worth of groceries for less than $6. She paid the sales tax, and that was it. She had stored up coupons for free products and used them on one grand shopping spree.

Sarah has saved thousands of dollars by using coupons, rebates, refunds, rewards programs and mystery shopping opportunities. Holmes, who lives in Mahomet, will share her tips in a new column each Wednesday called "Coupon Corner."

Champaign County courts

URBANA – The following criminal cases were resolved Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court with guilty pleas:

– Deundra Blunt, 18, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Wright Street, Urbana, was sentenced to two years of probation and 48 days in jail with credit for time served.

Champaign City Council approves $114.7 million budget

CHAMPAIGN – City officials hope a budget with more than $5 million in spending cuts and $1 million more in revenue than last year will get them through a year of economic decline.

Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart said, "We are better off than most."

Catlin officials working with engineers on drainage issues

CATLIN – Officials hope to improve storm-water drainage in the village in the coming months and are working with village engineers to design some projects toward that goal.

Catlin Village Board member Alisa Prosser said Tuesday that she and Mayor Clay Woodard had met with representatives from Sodemann & Associates of Champaign last week to see where drainage in some of the low-lying areas of the village could be improved.