A Life Remembered: Rantoul, Fisher educator had a zest for sports, teaching, life

RANTOUL — Even after suffering a debilitating stroke in his mid-50s, Richard "Dick" Taylor never lost his zest for life.

The former Rantoul and Fisher educator enjoyed sports, especially high school sports, and people in general. Former Rantoul Township High School teacher-coach Justin Franzen saw Mr. Taylor as a mentor, going to him for advice.

Area history, July 27, 2017

Today is Thursday, July 27, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, July 27, 2017

I'd like to thank the 30 News-Gazette subscribers who attended Wednesday's 7 a.m. "Meet The Editors" session at our downtown Champaign office.

Even if some were unhappy with the way we go about our business.

The feedback — positive and negative — is invaluable.

My Amish Home: Getting forgetful in the heat of summer

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

A life remembered: 'She never had anyone on the team, but she loved SJO'

ST. JOSEPH — The cards arrived every November.

Former St. Joseph-Ogden football head coach Dick Duval came to expect them.

They thanked him for his dedication during the season and congratulated him on his hard work.

They were always from the same person.

Nita Brooks.

"She never had anyone on the team," Duval said, "but she loved SJO."

Meg Makes: Re-creating a spicy-sweet vegetarian salad

A local Asian-fusion restaurant has a salad on its lunch buffet that I love — it's full of spice, crunchy cucumbers and sweet apples.

I convinced my husband to help me re-create it, and we came up with an approximation that we've enjoyed a few times.

Be warned: It's spicy. You can cut down the heat by skipping the chili oil and adding more sesame oil.

Top of the Morning, July 26, 2017

In Sunday's popular "Big 10," Editor Jeff D'Alessio asked readers to tell us about their wedding song. Here's another submitted by ADA MURRAY, who married JOHN in 1974 in Champaign:

Area history, July 26, 2017

Today is Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50, 15 years ago:

Student's pitch for middle school softball in Champaign finally connects

CHAMPAIGN — Three years ago, as she was entering sixth grade at Edison Middle School, Kathryn Currey went before the Unit 4 school board to make a case for adding girls' softball for the middle schools.

She had played Little League Baseball in C-U — primarily with boys — and later joined the Border Girls travel softball team.

Top of the Morning, July 25, 2017

We're closing in on 4,000 followers on an Instagram account (@news_gazette) we introduced two years ago. The latest addition: Robin Scholz's photograph of a lightning strike north of Champaign on Sunday night.