Faces of the election: The student

CHAMPAIGN -- Wandjell Harvey-Robinson can't wait to get into the voting booth Tuesday.

The Centennial High senior is among the youngsters who will take advantage of a new law allowing 17-year-olds to vote as long as their 18th birthday arrives before the November election.

Faces of the election: The voice

CHAMPAIGN -- In 1962, Otto Kerner Jr. was governor, John F. Kennedy was president and Dave Shaul was reporting the election results for residents of East Central Illinois.

Today, Pat Quinn is governor, Barack Obama is president and Shaul is still doing his thing.

Top of the Morning, March 16, 2014

A couple things I took away from my 45-minute chat with Virginia Lovingfoss:

— I need to add steak and 7UP to the menu.

— And the next time someone asks me to volunteer, I gotta say yes.

Area history, March 15, 2014

Today is Saturday, March 15, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

A little advice on pruning clematis

We're all ready to get outside and prune. Not just because plants may need it, but because it feels good. Spring pruning is winter catharsis. Hacking back a bunch of plants is a smack down to a winter we are all ready to forget.

Area history, March 14, 2014

Today is Friday, March 14, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

Police clerk near end of 16-month bid to lose 90 pounds

CHAMPAIGN — There was a time when Teri Weems would have said you're crazy if you tried to tell her she would enjoy going to cycling classes, training for a half-marathon and eating her veggies.

But that was more than 80 pounds ago.

Area history, Thursday, March 13, 2014

Today is Thursday, March 13, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

Addiction therapist says fear is defining trait of alcoholics

CHAMPAIGN — For Veronica Valli, life was once a round of binge drinking, drugs and denial.

It wasn't until after she sobered up at age 27 that she learned why she drank — and what she has come to believe is the defining characteristic of being an alcoholic — fear.

Talent shines and the rest get the gong at variety show

When Sleepy Creek Vineyards Gong Show host Charlie Charlyn Hester promised the event would be "a little raunchy and a little silly," she happened to be right on the mark.

The comedienne from Danville helped establish that tone as she asked the ladies in the packed winery house their favorite time of the day.

"Taking your bra off," many of them said in unison.