CHAMPAIGN -- Wandjell Harvey-Robinson can't wait to get into the voting booth Tuesday.
The Centennial High senior is among the youngsters who will take advantage of a new law allowing 17-year-olds to vote as long as their 18th birthday arrives before the November election.
Champaign native Thomas Broadrick, U.S. Marine Corps, has been promoted to the rank of corporal at Cherry Point Air Station, N.C.
He recently deployed to Afghanistan with Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 28 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Broadrick was awarded a Certificate of Commendation and was named Marine of the Quarter.
CHAMPAIGN -- In 1962, Otto Kerner Jr. was governor, John F. Kennedy was president and Dave Shaul was reporting the election results for residents of East Central Illinois.
Today, Pat Quinn is governor, Barack Obama is president and Shaul is still doing his thing.
Jubilee in Birdland! The chickens are rejoicing! The snow is almost gone. Instead, they find an unfamiliar, fibrous material, gray and brown, where the snow used to be. It is flattened to the earth and reminds them of something, of some other color their world was practically made of.
Assuming plant life survives this second ice age we've experienced, gardening season will be here before you know it. We asked 10 of the area's foremost authorities: What's your one "don't" for less-accomplished gardeners and planters?
Botanical Garden Supervisor, Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, Mahomet
A couple things I took away from my 45-minute chat with Virginia Lovingfoss:
— I need to add steak and 7UP to the menu.
— And the next time someone asks me to volunteer, I gotta say yes.
Today is Saturday, March 15, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:
We're all ready to get outside and prune. Not just because plants may need it, but because it feels good. Spring pruning is winter catharsis. Hacking back a bunch of plants is a smack down to a winter we are all ready to forget.
Today is Friday, March 14, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:
CHAMPAIGN — There was a time when Teri Weems would have said you're crazy if you tried to tell her she would enjoy going to cycling classes, training for a half-marathon and eating her veggies.
But that was more than 80 pounds ago.