'The best things in my life have come out of being curious'

URBANA — Of all the life lessons Deb Reardanz has picked up from the older adults of Clark-Lindsey Village, she'll tell you the one that stands out the most is how important relationships are.

People who have formed connections with other people and are still willing to make a new friend at 90 are the happiest, she said.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: No argument about her prowess

URBANA — Sitting over a cup of Joe at the downtown Flying Machine Coffee shop, Elisabeth Pollock laughs about the time she argued with her husband about having that gruesome leg injury he suffered in high school re-evaluated.

In short, Christian Ray, Pollock's husband of 10 years, insisted he was fine, though he took up his wife's advice.

Dog's surprise run has Urbana co-owners beaming with pride

NEW YORK — Rumor had it all Tuesday, making German shepherds everywhere proud with a rare Best in Show for the breed at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

For co-owners Patti and Van Dukeman of Urbana, the win was Cubs-like, since Rumor is only the second German shepherd to take the top spot since the show began in 1877.

Athena Young Professional Award winner 'loves to brag' about county

CHAMPAIGN — Athena Young Professional Award recipient Carly McCrory "loves to brag" about Champaign County, and as a cancer survivor is heavily involved in volunteering.

McCrory, 28, will be presented the award today at the Champaign Country Club.

North Ridge boys' basketball team looks to complete perfect season

DANVILLE — Ed Butler is scheduled to go under the knife this afternoon.

But he said not even outpatient surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome will keep him from watching North Ridge Middle School's undefeated eighth-grade boys' basketball team try to bring home the state title this evening.

Area history, Feb. 16, 2017

Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Here are local news stories from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Meg Makes: Kick up your chicken with spicy marinade

My husband tested a new marinade for chicken this week, and it was a winner.

The salty ingredients likely make this solution a brine, which is known for giving poultry moisture.

But the flavors, especially a low heat from the dried chiles, stood out too.

Teacher of the Week: Doug Davis

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag "#TeacherOfTheWeek."

At the courthouse, a good day for 'I do'

URBANA — As he wed couples on Valentine's Day, Judge Randy Rosenbaum only told one pair he didn't think the marriage would work out.

The reason was clear.

My Amish Home: Idle feet are the devil's playground

"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. So, likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.