First members chosen for PBL Hall of Fame

PAXTON — The first induction class for the newly created Paxton-Buckley-Loda Hall of Fame features former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Garrelts; flying-car creator Sam Schweighart; and Frank Drendel, who is currently non-executive chairman of the board of CommScope Holding Company Inc., a public company that develops infrastructure solutions for communications networks in more than 100 c

Reception for retiring Urbana parks director on Monday

URBANA — A public reception to recognize Vicki Mayes, retiring executive director of the Urbana Park District, will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana.

Mayes announced her retirement last September,  just months after she helped open the $9 million outdoor aquatics center at Crystal Lake Park.

Opening jitters

Chaz Ebert indicates nervousness about continuing her late husband's legacy

URBANA — Chaz Ebert seldom feels nervous.

But after leaving her home in Chicago on Tuesday to head to Champaign-Urbana, she felt so nervous she turned around and went home.

Ebertfest Notebook, Day 1: A rush to see 'Life Itself'

CHAMPAIGN — Michelle Bates and her son, Les, read Roger Ebert's memoir "Life Itself" and thought it was fabulous.

She hungers to help

Talking to Dawn Aubrey makes you hungry.

Her menu includes panini, fresh pastries, Korean rice and Vietnamese spring rolls — and this is residence hall fare.

Food is her mission — specifically, feeding students at the University of Illinois, but generally promoting community.

Gladys Pope reflects on education, arts and more

URBANA — Gladys Pope can barely go anywhere in Champaign-Urbana without running into a former student from Leal Elementary School.

Illinois Ancestors: Slavery issues and online resources

Researchers who are interested in African American information and records that pertain to slavery can find many helpful sites on the Internet. A good place to start is the article in the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) publication, Prologue, "Living With The Hydra The Documentation of Slavery and the Slave Trade in Federal Records" (Winter 2000, Vol. 32, No.

School of Metaphysics event begins on Friday

URBANA — All of us dream. Some of us remember our dreams; some don't.

But lots of people like to talk about their dreams. Now they have a chance to do that with ready listeners via the National Dream Hotline 2014.

The School of Metaphysics in Urbana, part of the Dream Hotline, will host its 26th annual National Dream Hotline from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight Sunday.

Meg Makes: Take these recipes and run with them

Chances are, if you live around here, you know about and are possibly running in or volunteering for the Christis Clinic Illinois Marathon and its assorted races this weekend.

Area history, April 23, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The largest class ever finishing at Champaign High School — 77 students — will have its commencement exercise on Friday, June 6, which also is the last day of school. There are 47 girls and 30 boys in the graduating class.