Alma Mater stand-ins drop by for visit

If she was watching, Alma Mater would have gotten a glimpse of her former green self Wednesday.

Among the fans on hand were UI senior Katie Chan and junior Clare Curtin, who stood in for Alma shortly after the sculpture left campus in 2012.

Area history, April 9, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 9, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical workshops aid researchers

Attendance at one or more genealogical seminars or workshops can often provide a necessary boost to one's research.

There are several such events scheduled for the weeks ahead.

They include:

— April 10: Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville.

— April 12: North Suburban Genealogical Society in Northbrook.

Youth news in brief

Criminal justice scholarship

Villa Grove schools have two new administrators

VILLA GROVE — Superintendent Mary Ann Manos believes she has found "two of the top young administrators in the state" to lead Villa Grove schools.

The bonus: Their hires will save the district 40 percent in administrative costs next school year.

Military news: Unity grad finishes basic training

Air Force Airman Melissa A. Lauher graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

She is the daughter of Michael Lauher and stepdaughter of Jennifer Huls, both of Philo.

Lauher is a 2009 graduate of Unity High School in Tolono.

My Amish Home: Tours help turn dreary days upside-down

"Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul; for I am thy servant." Psalm 143: 10-12

Top of the Morning, April 9, 2014

Faraway C Section seats weren't always the best place to watch a basketball game at State Farm Center.

In the mancave, however, they'd be ideal.

That's the kind of response the UI received when it surveyed season-ticket holders about the possible sale of seats removed during renovation currently underway.

Area history, April 8, 2014

Today is Tuesday, April 8, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

New faces coming to Kickapoo trail

OAKWOOD — There will be some new faces along Clear Lake Trail in Kickapoo State Park this year, but hikers may have to search to spot them.

More than 20 hand-carved, wooden "spirit faces" will be nestled among the trees along a section of the trail called "Spooky Hollow."