My Amish Home: Good times, except for forgetting horse

"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: New Jersey data available online

New Jersey's Department of State has a website with searchable indexes for marriage records (circa 1666-1799 and 1848-1878), death records (1878-1895), early land records (circa 1650-1801), Supreme Court case files (1704-1844), legal name changes (1847-1947), the 1885 N.J. State Census for Passaic County and Atlantic City, military and wartime records, and photo collections.

Meg Makes: Broccoli gives slaw a unique crunch

Our family Christmas meal this year featured ham, macaroni and cheese, and baked beans. It was not your average turkey-and-dressing affair.

My contribution: broccoli slaw. I wanted to bring something somewhat healthy and a little unusual.

Danville attorney chosen as area's newest judge

DANVILLE — A Danville attorney with more than four decades of experience is eager to take the bench in a couple of months.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that Charles C. Hall will fill a vacancy in the Fifth Judicial Circuit created by the Nov. 30 retirement of Circuit Judge Claudia Anderson.

His term runs from March 1, 2017, to Dec. 3, 2018.

Area history, Jan. 4, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Showing their true colors

WESTVILLE — Whenever Paige Hufford's Westville High School classmates saw her, she always had a smile on her face.

"She lit up the room," said sophomore Madison Brown.

"She was so happy all of the time, so positive about everything," Brown continued, adding her childhood friend maintained a positive attitude while battling a rare form of cancer last year.

Police investigating death of Champaign businessman

CHAMPAIGN — Authorities are investigating the death of Robert Grossman, a Champaign businessman who was found dead New Year's Day at his home at The Lodge on Hill, the former Masonic Temple at 202 Hill St., C.

Adding some youth to Paxton's government

PAXTON — Adam McMullin's first time attending a meeting of the Paxton City Council won't be his last.

The 17-year-old junior at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High has at least five more on tap the rest of this school year.

Part 3: On the 'glorious' library, 'iconic' Alma and a life-changing lecture

With the University of Illinois about to turn the big 1-5-0, we asked A-list alumni about the one Campustown spot that made the biggest impression on them. On Tuesdays throughout 2017, we'll share their memories.

Area history, Jan. 3, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: