Susan McKinney: 'Crooked House' hard to put down

"The Crooked House" by Christobel Kent is a psychological thriller about an isolated British village and an abandoned house that harbors secrets of a crime from the past.

Alison is trying to live an anonymous life, getting close to no one except her boyfriend and a co-worker. She works in a job that keeps her away from the public.

Sharing their love

SAVOY — Bill and Margarite "Mike" Stallman have been married for just shy of 65 years, and they still love each other — they even still like each other.

They're celebrating Valentine's Day almost 70 years after they met at the University of Illinois because they use one word a lot to describe their marriage: share.

Area history, Feb. 13, 2016

In 1916, Deputy Sheriff Harry Evans is home from the Chester penitentiary and reports that convicted murderer Harry Slade of Urbana is still in solitary confinement. The solitary department is built in the ground and equipped with cells, each one being lighted by a window about one foot square.

Weekend planner: Love is in the air

If you want to take your sweetheart out this weekend, there's plenty to choose from. The American Legion Post 559, 704 N. Hickory St., C, will host a Sweetheart Weekend, starting with the Red & White Party at 9 p.m. today, with music by Master Blaster and DJ Ole Schoolz. Wear red and white, as organizer and Post 559 treasurer Richard Davis did for a photograph.

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 12, 2016

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Happy 207th Lincoln's birthday, Illinois!

Area history, Feb. 12, 2016

Today is Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Latin Grammy winners for children's music coming to Krannert on Saturday

It's no wonder Alisha Gaddis and her husband, Lucky Diaz, are called the Lucy Ball and Desi Arnaz of the kids' music world.

Their band Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, performing Saturday at Krannert Center, were the first North Americans to win a Latin Grammy award in the children's music album category.

What's in a name? Bresee Tower

Nearly 100 years ago, the 12-story Bresee Tower served as a symbol of a thriving Danville economy. Although it's now been vacant for a decade, it remains as recognizable a landmark as there is in the Vermilion County city.

Champaign native to lead UI's government relations efforts

URBANA — The University of Illinois has selected Lindsay Anderson — a former advisor to state agencies, lawmakers and Illinois' last governor — to serve as its executive director for governmental relations, President Tim Killeen said Thursday.

The 37-year-old Anderson is a native of Champaign, a UI graduate and an attorney with Chicago-based McGuireWoods.

Top of the morning, Feb. 12, 2016

Last time WDWS called the Unity-St. Thomas More boys' basketball game, it went into overtime and ended on a buzzer-beater.

Scott Beatty, who is working today's game (7:30 p.m. with Michael Kiser), is hoping for another thriller.

"I love it when that happens," Beatty said.