Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Summer school

This summer, Nicole Chambers (St. Joseph-Ogden High School) was among a group of area teachers which took part in Eastern Illinois University's National Writing Project Site. Amber Laquet of East Prairie Middle School in Tuscola and Kristin Runyon of Charleston High School served as coaches and co-directors.

Newly commissioned

My Amish Home: Weather's great; mosquitoes aren't

"The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lovely than to divide the spoil with the proud." Proverbs 16:17-19

Top of the morning, July 29, 2015

The latest "Story Behind The Photo" comes courtesy Heather Coit, whose striking A-1 image of a "miracle horse" named Blondie resulted in considerable feedback from our readers:

During photo shoots, I don't always have time to stay for the interview but I'm glad I was able to listen to Sandy and Rex Bradfield share their story of how they fell in love with Blondie.

Homer Opera House reborn

HOMER — A former performance space is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a local theater group that was looking for a new home.

This day in history, July 28, 2015

Today is Tuesday, July 28, the 209th day of 2015.

There are 156 days left in the year.

Today's highlights:

On July 28, 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.

On this date:

Couple offers farmland lease to DACC at no cost

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College students would be able to take their hands-on experience growing plants and produce to a new level thanks to a local couple.

Kristy Herr and Jerry Bartos are interested in leasing 5.5 acres of farmland, at 411 N. Daisy Lane, to DACC at no cost. The land would be used as a student learning laboratory.

Area history, July 28, 2015

Today is Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, July 28, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Danville Elks Lodge #332

About the lodge

Head: Exalted Ruler Doug Elliott

Origin: Founded in July 1895

Meets: 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the lodge, 421 N. Vermilion Street

Fun fact: Former State Rep. Bill Black and Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer are both lodge members.

Portion of U.S. highway named for veterans

LODA — The more than 600 township residents who have served in America's armed forces over the past 200-plus years now have a six-mile portion of U.S. 45 named in their honor — Veterans of Loda Township Highway.

Malinowski bequest provides tuition relief at St. Malachy

RANTOUL — A new grant has been established to help reduce tuition costs for students attending St. Malachy School.

The Centennial Tuition Grant is given in memory of the late Rev. Stanley Malinowski, who left funds in his estate for the school.