Meg Makes: Peaches please the palate in this pretty pie

I'm into my second week of recipes featuring fresh peaches. It's summer, so I think that we should use them while we have them.

This peach pie is easy to make, and is incredibly pretty.


Single pie crust

1/2 cup of your favorite chopped nuts

1 cup sugar (if you like a more tart pie, use 1/2 cup)

Joan Griffis: War story has a happy ending

Yvette Manessis Caporon's novel, "When The Cypress Whispers," includes some little-known facts pertaining to World War II. The residents of the Greek Island, Erikoussa, hid many Jewish refugees from the Nazis — who would frequently check for hidden Jews and kill them along with their protectors.

My Amish Home: Freshening up house to match weather

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." Psalm 51:10-12

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Aviation scholarships

Champaign residents Fengran Tao and Hui Wang were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Frasca International to continue fall semester studies at the Parkland College Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois.

AMBUCS annual business

EIU names area residents to dean's list

Eastern Illinois University has named the following students to the dean's list for the spring team.

Arcola: Jaime Cantu Leal, Cole D. O'Rourke, Breanne R. Pedigo, Kayli E. Seaman

Argenta: Jaelen N. Myers

Arthur: Alicia R. Dickerson

Atwood: Nicholas A. Appleby, Tyler J. Day, Alicia C. Waller

Bellflower: Erin J. Kirkpatrick

Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Truth marches on

Illinois Truth 12-and-under boys basketball team finished second recently at the AAU National Basketball Tournament in Hampton, Va. This team, made up of boys from the Urbana-Champaign and Danville area, made their third appearance at AAU Nationals, having previously finished in 9th place in 2014 and 10th place in 2013.

4-H winners

Vermilion County 4-H members  exhibited at the 4-H Fair, held June 22-27 at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds.

The fair "gives members an opportunity to show what they have learned and communicate that with an expert in that area," said  Jamie Boas, 4-H Youth Development Educator.

Area history, Aug. 5, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Aug. 5, 2015

Getting your children ready for the start of the school year is an expensive undertaking.

Paper, pencils, pens, backpacks, vaccinations, clothes.

"It's really expensive to go back to school," said KAREN PATTERSON, who is leading an effort in St. Joseph to offer free haircuts for everyone going back to school — from preschoolers to college students.

Julie Wurth: When life gives you a lemonade stand ...

As I was pulling into work last week, I had to stop to avoid a tired-looking man pulling a suitcase across the parking lot.

He flagged me down as I passed. I felt some apprehension as he walked over — wondering what he wanted, in a hurry as usual, the day's logistics crowding my brain.