Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Lending a hand

Six members of the Urbana chapter of the Future Farmers of America student leadership group, in conjunction with the Champaign County Forest Preserve, helped remove invasive mustard garlic at the Middle Fork Area Forest Preserve.

Area history, May 6, 2015

Today is Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, May 6, 2015

I last interviewed my high school chemistry teacher, Wayne Scarlett, back in May 2006. He'd recently finished his second stint as the Armstrong-Ellis schools superintendent, capping 41 years in education — or so he thought.

'Pillars' to be honored

Four men with 176 years of combined legal experience have been named the 2015 Pillars of the Bar by the Champaign County Bar Association.

Steve Beckett of Urbana, and Paul Hendren, Ward McDonald and Greg Townsend, all of Champaign, will be honored May 6 at the annual Law Day Dinner at the Champaign Country Club.

Speaking engagement

The closest the First Family will come to its home state happens on June 9, when 1981 Whitney Young salutatorian Michelle Obama gives the keynote at Chicago's King High. But Springfield will be well-represented downstate, with two governors sharing the stage at Southern Illinois — Jim Edgar (this will be commencement speech No.

Spotlight on Service, May 5, 2015

About the club

President: Margie Ashcraft.

Origin: Founded in 1943.

Meets: Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., usually at Fithian Methodist Church.

On tap: At the club's May meeting, members will discuss fundraisers and present a college scholarship to an Oakwood High School student.

Faces of '15: Gifted Encourager

FACES OF '15: Over the next two weeks, we'll introduce you to area natives who have achieved big things on their road to commencement.

Growing up on the family pig farm in Gibson City, Anna Coates knows a thing or two about rolling up her sleeves and getting after it.

Area history, May 5, 2015

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

Top of the morning, May 5, 2015

On Monday, we unveiled our latest website addition: Online editor Mike Howie's "Where Am I?" video.

Young people taking center stage at events next Sunday

While the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra celebrates a first next Sunday night, another area performing arts group will be noting a sixth.

The youth orchestra will perform for the first time at Krannert Center's Foellinger Great Hall, known worldwide among musicians for its excellent acoustics.