Area update: Tuscola schools get tech boost

TUSCOLA — When students return to Tuscola schools next month, they'll have access to $7,586 worth of new technology, courtesy of the Douglas County Rotaract Club and the Tuscola Rotary Club.

Rotaract member Carly McCrory said the two clubs, in conjunction with the Marilyn Davidson Technology Fund and Rotary District 6490, raised that much for a laundry list of items that includes:

You'll root for this lineup of quirky characters

Flannery, 16, lives with her charming but flaky mother in St. John's, Newfoundland. Flannery says, "We used to be what's called the working poor, but now we're just plain old poor." Her mother, Miranda, is an eco-artist, but that doesn't qualify as work. She's not paid. Both Flannery and Miranda are lovable characters in Lisa Moore's "Flannery" (Groundwood 2016).

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 17, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. poet laureate, 2004-06

A selection of comics up for Eisners

By Lauren Chambers

Library events, July 17-24, 2016

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U haiku, July 17, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

I go East and West

I see mountains and oceans

the cornfields are home

— Zanne Newman, Champaign

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Amazon moving in with Illini Union Bookstore

While an Amazon drone dropping off packages on the doorstep may be a few years off, the company's local customers will have a new way to receive their purchases. The Illini Union Bookstore on the University of Illinois campus has partnered with Amazon to create the first pickup location for Amazon products in Illinois.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 10, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

We hope that you will visit, from time to time, our archived columns at, where you may find other poems by the poets we feature. Today's is the third we've published by Sharon Chmielarz, a Minnesota poet with several fine books in print, including "The Widow's House," just released by Brighthorse books.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

First Smart Kids screening