EXCLUSIVE: Held at gunpoint, brothers live to tell their story

MAHOMET — Along with his older brother Jim, Will DuVall had just been held hostage at gunpoint Monday in a vacant apartment by a man on the run from law enforcement. And in an effort to save his brother's life and his own, Will offered the man wielding the shotgun his 1997 Ford Ranger as a means to get away.

Just 1 question: Why can't 'run like a girl' also mean 'win the race?'

Why can't "run like a girl" also mean "win the race"?

Area history, Dec. 3, 2015

Today is Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Notes-Worthy: Eric Carter

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Eric Carter.

How and when did you enter the music scene here in C-U?

Well, I've been in bands all my life for the most part but I didn't start playing in the C-U till around 2010 after I moved back here from Tucson, Ariz.

Jarboe chosen to lead corn growers group

LODA — Jeff Jarboe will be spending much of his time over the next year away from the corn and soybean farm he operates northwest of Paxton with his father, Jim, and younger brother, Phil.

But the family farm will always be on his mind.

Top of the morning, Dec. 3, 2015

Tiny Potomac (pop: 738) is beaming with Christmas spirit thanks to its first Adopt A Lightpole project.

Angie Washburn, recently retired after 30 years as a second-grade teacher at Potomac Elementary, tossed out the idea and downtown businesses responded in a big way, turning State Street into Vermilion County's version of Candlestick Lane.

Show of support

CHAMPAIGN — As thick snowflakes fell throughout Wednesday's 70-minute black revolution rally on the UI Quad, organizers welcomed the overcast skies and chilly temperatures.

Route to be named for soldier who died in Afghanistan

SPRINGFIELD — A segment of Illinois 1 from the south end of Westville to Georgetown will be named the "Sgt. Kenneth R. Nichols Jr. Memorial Highway," following the approval Wednesday of an Illinois House joint resolution.

HJR 99 was sponsored by state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin. It passed the House 105-0.

The House also observed a moment of silence for the late serviceman.

My Amish Home: Out and about for a family gathering

"O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness." Psalm 95:6-8

Meg Makes: Simple, decadent fudge recipe

With my family's Thanksgiving feast behind me, and the leftovers all eaten, I'm thrilled to start thinking about holiday treats.

Fudge is a family favorite and my grandma Bobbie Thilmony's No-Fail Fudge recipe is a factor in our love affair.