Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Teachers recognized

The Illinois State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) and the Illinois Education Association (IEA), honored 29 educators whose professional education organizations selected as the best in their field of expertise during the 2013-14 school year. T

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Sullivan does it again

Students from Sullivan High School won first place at Eastern Illinois University's 39th annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest. The contingent consisted of Ryan Baker, Liam Bechtold (alternate), Dakota Clayton (alternate), Shawn Cody, Keegan Kruckeberg and Nathan Becker (teacher).

Illinois Ancestors: New books document Cherokee-white marriages

Researchers wishing to claim property rights to Cherokee land have relied on National Archives film M-1301, Rolls 305-307, "Cherokee Intermarried White," under the heading of Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes. Jeff Bowen has transcribed the records of all approved applications in his 10-volume series. "Cherokee Intermarried White, 1906."

My Amish Home: Some duties more pleasant than others

"And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:15-16

Area history, June 17, 2014

Today is Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Church volunteers finish two weeks of Habitat work in Gifford

GIFFORD — Volunteers from Paxton and Loda churches have completed two weeks of volunteering on a blitz build of three houses under the auspices of Champaign County Habitat for Humanity.

The Paxton Area Ministerial Association raised nearly $50,000 and provided volunteers for the home for Christy and Benjamin Calhoun being built on Gifford's east side.

Top of the Morning, June 17, 2014

For the last-minute lowdown on the Showcase of Homes, which runs Friday through June 29 in Savoy, we went to a voice of experience: longtime Realtor Stefanie Pratt. "I built my home in the last Showcase of Homes in Liberty on the Lake in 2009," she said. "I experienced almost 7,000 people through my house and it was interesting to see and hear the comments."

Slice of Life: Columbia Street Roastery


Victim: Attack has 'worn me out'

Patty Ebeling said the life-changing attack she went through on March 17 has "absolutely worn me out."

The spunky Urbana woman said she has mostly recovered from the physical injuries she sustained when Aaron Munds, during a psychotic episode, tried to choke the life from her.

She got away from him twice during an ordeal that lasted minutes at the home of her older sister.

Top of the Morning, June 16, 2014: From the archives

Lincoln Square holds lots of memories for me.