Joan Griffis: Genealogy can be fun for children

Janice Nickerson has written an interesting article, "7 Fun Genealogy Games For Kids," at Perhaps one of her ideas that would also be appropriate for "big kids" is her custom jigsaw puzzles made from family photographs. There are many companies that offer such a service.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Undergrad research

Central College student Brandon Fritz of Mahomet presented during an Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 5-6.

Fritz presented "Change in Blood Pressure when Talking versus Sitting Quietly" with associate professor of exercise science David Pavlat as part of a series discussing exercise physiology.

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Go figure: June 24, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Bible study sessions that went on as scheduled Tuesday at Champaign's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

THE REV. LARRY LEWIS, who runs the weekly meetings at noon and 6 p.m., wouldn't have it any other way.

Top of the morning, June 24, 2015

She loves flowers and the Cubs. Mansfield's Phyleta Plunk will get both — one in a vase, the other on Fox Sports Midwest — when she celebrates her 103rd birthday on Friday.

"She is definitely a Cubs fan," said her niece, Pat Amdor. "She watches every game that she can on TV."

Updated: Champaign library director announces retirement

Officials at the Champaign Public Library later this week will start the process of looking for a new director.

Library board president Martin Wolske said Tuesday that current director Marsha Grove is retiring on Jan. 30, 2016.

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When my son turned 8 years old, one reassuring thought popped in my head: he’s still only halfway to driving.

That fear has lurked in the recesses of my brain since the day he as born, when I couldn’t imagine this tiny baby someday commandeering a metal killing machine.

We have arrived at that day. He is now 15, and about to get his permit.

Area history, June 23, 2015

Today is Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, June 23, 2015

Today is Jim Acklin's last on a very long job, one that started in 1979 as a science teacher at St. Joseph-Ogden. The current SJ-O superintendent is retiring.

I asked him what he'll do when he turns out the lights in his office for the final time.

Vermilion Fair book dedicated to longtime participant who died at 25

DANVILLE — Jerry Messmore was likely six months old when he attended his first Vermilion County Fair.

He was 5 when he began showing horses at the fairgrounds, and a few years older when he began competing in riding events.

Q&A: Gary Olsen

When an earthquake struck in Nepal on April 25, killing thousands and affecting millions, Gary Olsen's phone started ringing off the hook.

It's always that way when times get toughest somewhere on the globe.