Top of the Morning, Feb. 13, 2014

Marleen Hendrickx didn't need a phone call from The News-Gazette to remind her Valentine's Day is coming up. The buzz in her shop in Urbana's Lincoln Square gives it away each February.

UI's Robinson to deliver Center for Advanced Study lecture

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois entomologist Gene Robinson will deliver the Center for Advanced Study's 23rd annual lecture next week.

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today...

Abraham Lincoln was the Great Emancipator, America's most revered president and master of the pithy quote.

Among his gems: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

Which raises the question: If he were alive today, would Lincoln have a Twitter account?

Area history, Feb. 12, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

Illinois Ancestors: Lincoln birthdays detailed on Web

In commemoration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday today, it seems fitting to look back to Feb. 12 in years past to learn how Lincoln spent his "special day."

Interim director will take permanent post at PTI

Mike Schlosser has been named the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois.

Schlosser has been with the institute since 1999 and has been serving as the interim director.

In addition to serving most recently as the interim director, Schlosser has been an adjunct instructor, police training specialist and associate director.

My Amish Home: Weary of winter and eager for energy

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

Top of the Morning, Feb. 12, 2014

He's tall and well-spoken and has a wardrobe from the 1860s. When it comes to impersonating birthday boy Abraham Lincoln, Max Daniels has few peers.

"I was cast in a play in 1987 as Mr. Lincoln. It was supposed to be over after three weeks, but I kept on going," Daniels said. "We've made a living out of what we've been doing."

Bement organization lacks volunteers; celebrations may suffer

BEMENT — Bement's Fourth of July celebration and Christmas Parade are at risk of not being held in 2014 with the announcement that the Bement Community Council will suspend activities for the year.

Rantoul official helps Washington recover from tornado

RANTOUL — A village of Rantoul official has played a prominent role in assisting the tornado-ravaged community of Washington, Ill., in its rebuilding efforts.

The Tazewell County community was raked by a tornado Nov. 17 — the same day a tornado caused heavy damage to Gifford.