Top of the Morning, Oct. 2, 2014

This month, a pair of Champaign landmarks turn 100: Edison Middle School and the Orpheum Theatre. We'll spotlight each building in the coming days. Until then ...


Mark the date: "Centennial Celebration" on Oct. 18

My Amish Home: Too much to do for these old bones

"These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." Proverbs 6:16,17 18,19

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities


DSC is looking forward to receiving a check for $5,150 to purchase Boardmaker Software. This software allows individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities the ability to communicate through visual support systems.

Area history, Oct. 1, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Illinois Ancestors: Still time to sign up for fall conference

It is not too late to sign up for the Illinois State Genealogical Society's 2014 Fall Conference on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in O'Fallon. Complete details are provided in the free September/October issue of the ISGS Newsletter, accessible from the society's website at

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Merit scholar

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student Dalton Cowan has been named a commended student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from PBL High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will be presented by Principal Travis Duley to Cowan.


This day in history: Oct. 1, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Oct. 1, 2014

Talk about job satisfaction.

Last Thursday, the day after a story ran about retired Champaign County sheriff's deputy Orval Jarrett as part of a series on active aging, the former warrant server got a call at his rural Urbana home.

Quite an experience

URBANA — Kaitlyn Fouke experienced an intense culture shock this summer.

It wasn't when the Urbana High School senior arrived in the African village of Otse, Botswana, for her three-week stay with a host family.

It wasn't when she saw a lion devour a water buffalo while on a safari ride.

Family Life: Simple things are often the most fun and relaxing

By Chelsey Byers/University of Illinois Extension

I am not sure about you, but my September has been crazy busy, and with school back in session, I am sure that many of you are busy as well. Hopefully, everyone is settling into their fall routines.