Meg Makes: So that's why they call it a news 'feed'

I love social media for many reasons, but I find Facebook, in particular, is a wonderful place to share ideas about food and recipes.

Recently, Kathy Wallig of Urbana, one of my Facebook friends, posted about a genius strategy for corn on the cob.

My Amish Home: Dealing with the dog days of summer

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14,15

Man's tractor a driving force

HOOPESTON — Stephen and Holly Eyrich are the only residents in Hoopeston with a steam engine parked in the driveway.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Meg Makes: Fresh jam always beats store-bought

I believe the gift of a plant, especially one that bears fruit, might be the best way to remind someone to think of you often.

To Your Health: Recipes to kick off a new school year

By Leia Kedem

Everyone back on a normal sleep schedule? Check. New shoes broken in? Check. Backpacks fully loaded? Check. Frozen pizza for dinner? Wait a minute.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 21-28, 2014

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Special events

This weekend

Rock and rollin' in Mahomet

The Sangamon River Music Festival in downtown Mahomet offers free entertainment for everyone.

The event runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Mahomet's Main Street.

The annual festival offers carnival rides, a food court, beer tent, vendors and music.

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival: A-MAIZE-ING

Wherever there is butter, Pepsi and music, you'll find Corny, the lovable but enigmatic mascot of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.

Though he will work 18 hour days this weekend — the festival lasts till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Corny managed to squeeze in an interview with The News-Gazette.

Danville hopes to make school meals free for all students

DANVILLE — Greg Lazzell often likes to point out that Danville students receive one of the cheapest square meals in town.

He hopes to make it even cheaper for more students in the 2015-16 school year. As in free for everyone.