Illinois Ancestors: Witches, ghosts relevant to genealogical research

It has been over 300 years since 20 innocent men and women were put to death because they were convicted of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.

Hundreds of others were accused of witchcraft and many languished in prisons awaiting trials.

Area history, Oct. 29, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Police this morning started what promises to be one of the most sweeping raids on bootleggers in the history of Champaign. Twelve had been arrested as of 3 p.m., and it is said that 50 complaints have been filed. Only a small number of the defendants hold government licenses.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Student of the Month

Anna Ramme is the Rantoul Exchange Club student of the month.

Ramme, a daughter of Molly Clifton and Travis Ramme, both of Rantoul, ranked 18th out of her senior class of 143 students entering her senior year. She had a grade point average of 4.903.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Senior honors

The Illinois Department on Aging announced this year's Senior Illinois Hall of Fame inductees. The Senior Illinois Hall of Fame was created in 1994 to honor Illinois residents age 65 and older for their personal achievement. Since then, 95 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including the 2014 inductees:

Top of the Morning, Oct. 29, 2014

In Thursday's e3, film critic Chuck Koplinski reviews a flick made for Halloween: "Ouija." While scary, it doesn't make Chuck's Horror Hall of Fame. Here are three that do:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Halloween tailgate

We are approaching a Halloween transition.

Our kids are tweens-plus — the oldest doesn’t trick-or-treat anymore, and our daughter will probably go with friends this year.

My sweet girl, who has in past years been a fairy and a princess and a ballerina, is thinking of going as a criminal. Another proud parenting moment.

Family Life: Where has my time gone?

By Chelsey Byers

Do you ever hear someone talking about all that they get accomplished and you think, "Where do they find the time?"

Area history, Oct. 28, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Burnham tag may just stick

CHAMPAIGN — A section of Champaign’s Fourth Street honoring the memory of the old Burnham City Hospital could be renamed to honor the former Julia F.

58,249 veterans' names honored

DANVILLE — A traveling tribute to fallen Vietnam War servicemen and women is returning to Danville in time for Veterans Day.