Frank's Faves: These are the voyages...

Boldly going where plenty have gone before — to rank the best 'Star Trek' movies ever.

Top of the morning, July 21, 2016

I recommend visiting watching N-G photographer Heather Coit's video story on Chewy, a K9 in training who will begin active duty with the UI Police Department in August.

'He used higher education as a springboard to his dreams'

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URBANA — Addressing a packed Illini Union Ballroom on Wednesday morning, Chancellor Robert Jones touched on his past and how it helped prepare him for the future.

Champaign County Fair to open early for fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — Due to the state elimination of funding to Illinois county fairs, the Champaign County Fair will open early — for a fundraiser — from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Meg Makes: No better time of year for beer-can chicken

Beer-can chicken is a summer favorite in my house. It's easy enough, but changing up the marinade and rub can transform this entree into something truly special.

Fish sauce, which you can increasingly find in the grocery store, gives the marinade a great, unexpected flavor. A paprika rub makes the outside taste good, too.

Praise rolls in for Jones' appointment

When Nick Anderson (left) suited up for the Flyin' Illini in the late '80s, the percentage of African-American students was roughly 4.8 perc

Area update: Piatt County clerk resigns 'with regret'

MONTICELLO — Colleen Kidd will end her 38-year run in county government — the last six as county clerk — at the end of this year.

"I have submitted my resignation to the county chairman effective Dec. 30, with regret," she said. "We have some health issues we need to deal with."

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

ISU chart-toppers

Illinois State University released its dean's list for the spring semester, including the following area students:

Arrowsmith — Barbara Maxwell

Atwood — Kaitlyn Wildman

Buckley — Melanie Foss

Cerro Gordo — Colton Blickensderfer, Stephen Hayes, Braden McCarty, Sean Reed

Convention wisdom: Mike Frerichs

Ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention, we're asking local party movers and shakers for their thoughts. Today: state treasurer and Gifford native Mike Frerichs.

Will you watch on TV?

— I intend to catch it in person, I will be a delegate. This will be my fourth. It's great to get together with a lot of the people of similar interest.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Revolutionary War-era photos found

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently reported that journalist Joe Bauman has posted photographs of men who fought in the Revolutionary War — a rare occurrence since "the dawn of practical photography" was not until the early 1840s.