Area update: Uncle Kracker, Phil Vassar headline acts at Mahomet festival

MAHOMET — Organizers of the Sangamon River Music Festival have announced the event's 2016 headliners.

Spotlight on Service, March 22, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club

About the club

President: Grace Mitchell

Origin: Established in 1947, chartered in June 1948.

Meets: 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Perkins Restaurant in Urbana.

Go figure: March 22, 2016

GO FIGURE: Music edition

Four months after being enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of the best-selling American bands of all-time will be here. Mark your calendars for Aug. 24, when CHICAGO plays the Virginia Theatre.


Alvarez Dixon/Youth Development: Getting your kids ready for the workplace is key

By Alvarez Dixon

Ask any parent what they want for their son or daughter and no matter how diverse the responses are, the same theme will emerge. We want our children to do better than us.

'A fixture of the team'

MONTICELLO — They called Ryan Tate "Tater" when he managed the Monticello football team for four years.

Affectionate nicknames and bear crawls behind him as the school year nears a close, he's thinking about managing basketball at Parkland, and making a lot of return trips to Monticello.

The Sages will miss Ryan, says Coach Cully Welter.

Top of the morning, March 22, 2016

On Monday, Twitter turned 10 years old. No better time for an update on our many accounts.


Our most popular handle with 23,588 followers. That's up from 3,088 followers five years ago.


Those Who Served: World War II 'wasn't a luxury for us'

URBANA — The Timberwolves were night soldiers, some of the toughest in World War II, and Milford Ray Allen was one of those tough sons of guns, spending 196 consecutive days on the front lines.

After D-Day, it looked for a while like the war might be over by Christmas. But on Christmas Eve, Allen, now 91, saw some of the toughest fighting of the war.

Area history, March 21, 2016

In 1916, the Kankakee & Urbana interurban line had several teams at work straightening the grade between Ludlow and Paxton that was abandoned when freezing weather came. It was hoped to have the line in operation to Paxton by the mid-May.

Top of the morning, March 21, 2016

Yes, there are slow news days.

But March 21 has rarely been one of those in recent years.

I looked through our archives at what made the front page on this date in the last few years. Maybe not every one of these will wind your clock, but there have been some big stories on this date.

For the retirees, March 20-27, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.