5 'Pillars of Bar' to be honored May 1

Five Champaign County lawyers who all graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and who have more than 250 collective years of legal experience are being recognized as the latest "Pillars of the Bar."

Centenarian celebration planned

RANTOUL — Walter Tatar Sr. was 2 years old when he and his mother boarded a ship in their native Poland and headed to America to meet his father.

Just three years earlier a ship by the name of Titanic took the same northern route but never made it.

"It was during World War I," Tatar said. "We took the northern route to dodge the German submarines, and we landed at Ellis Island."

My Amish Home: Ready for rains to go away — and sunny days

"Therefore thou are inexcusable, O man, whosoever though art that judgest; for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doeth the same things. But we are sure that the judgement of God is according to truth against them which commit such things." Romans 2:1-2

Military news April 24, 2013

Air Force Airman David T. Graves graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Graves, the son of Diane Graves of Champaign, is a 2005 graduate of Central High School.

Champaign woman prepares to enter her first body-sculpting competition

In figure competitions, the race is not always to the most muscular or the most voluptuous.

Sara Estock is graceful and lean-muscled from a discipline of hard workouts several times a day — and extremely purposeful-eating.

But the 26-year-old ex-dancer and gymnast from Champaign has never been one to plop on the couch and eat a bucket of fried chicken.

Baroque winners will be featured in concert

CHAMPAIGN — The winners of the Young Baroque Artists Competition will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.

The program will begin with the presentation of the first- and second-place winners and the three honorable mention performers.

Illinois Ancestors: Preparation key for library research

Visiting any library in order to conduct genealogical research requires advance preparation. Creating a "to do" list of materials or individuals to investigate, as well as knowing the holdings of a specific repository can make any research trip easier.

Hendricks named to Scholastic Bowl Coaches Hall of Fame

Mike Hendricks is a treasure trove of information and trivia. Like a walking encyclopedia, he can cite facts about nearly any topic.

Learning to 'embrace the challenge' of autism

The power of love and social media has propelled family members of 2-year-old Tyler King into a spotlight for which they weren't quite sure they were ready.

That spotlight is blue, and it shines on autism during Autism Awareness month in April.

Reluctant Townie: When all else fails, write in the third person

The Reluctant Townie sat at his computer, eating a small plate of nachos.

The word processor was open in front of him, its blinking cursor taunting him at approximately 60 bpm, or the equivalent of one blink per second. He had always found it difficult to count to one second exactly. Who had counted the first second? And how could they be sure they got it right?