C-U haiku, July 3, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

I type the letters

The letters start making words

Forming a new poem

— Simran Manku, University Primary School

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.

Finalists for director down to two

CHAMPAIGN — And then there were two.

The Champaign Public Library search is down to a pair of finalists, including interim Director Donna Pittman, after one of the three scheduled for a two-day interview next week dropped out.

Area update: Lower assessment for Country Health costs governments

GIFFORD — Eleven taxing districts will receive nearly $300,000 less in property tax money due to an  Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board ruling regarding the assessed valuation of Country Health Care & Rehab, Gifford.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, June 26, 2016

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

Someone told about a blind man who stood at a busy intersection, waving toward all the passing cars. When asked why he did that, he said that there might be someone in one of those cars whom he knew and he didn't want to miss the opportunity.

Library events, June 26-July 3, 2016

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U haiku, June 26, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

The hot sun 

A lead pipe against my head


— William Reger, Champaign

Susan McKinney: Eric Liddell: The runner who lived and died for God

If you've seen the movie "Chariots of Fire," you know who Eric Liddell was. For those who haven't, Liddell was the greatest sprinter in the world in 1924.

He went to the Paris Olympics but refused to run the 100-meter race because it was held on Sunday. He faced ridicule from the British Olympic committee, fellow athletes and most of the world's press.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Many voices tell of 'Incident on the Bridge'

At the height of the 2-mile Coronado Bridge from the California mainland to the island is a jumping spot. So many people have jumped from the 250-foot height that one of the surveillance cameras is trained right on it.

Kelly Strom: Behind the Music

This past week, Styx and Cheap Trick graced our presence with a concert at the newly minted Grange Grove concert venue. Being a big fan of classic rock, and Styx in particular, I was elated! In advance of their performance, I picked up a few books that I found incredibly interesting.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, June 19, 2016

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

This past autumn, pruning a big lilac bush, I found a snakeskin that some bird had woven into its nest.

Here's a poem about another find, from Stephen Behrendt, who lives and teaches in Nebraska. His most recent book is "Refractions," from Shechem Press.


Pruning back the old spirea bushes