Video-gambling standoff in Mahomet

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MAHOMET — Rev. Erik Gustafson knows the average Joe in town doesn't care what scripture says about gambling.

Local business owner Justin Taylor understands why Mahomet folks want to keep the community family-friendly.

For the retirees, July 5-12, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Top of the morning, July 5, 2015

What Discovery Channel touts as "The Most Wonderful Week of the Year" kicks off at 7 p.m. today (C-U cable channel 38). Here's more on the wildly popular — and often gory — "Shark Week" from an expert on such things: Illinois-Chicago prof Jennifer Schmidt, a renowned whale shark researcher.

Is it good or bad for a shark's reputation?

Area history, July 4, 2015

Today is Saturday, July 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Old items don't go to waste

PACA had recent visitors from Markesan, Wis., which is near Madison. They had visited before and had made a large birdhouse, which is on display at the warehouse and not for sale. They made it to show how architectural pieces could be repurposed.

On this trip, they brought four smaller repurposed birdhouses made from old barn siding and various other items carrying the PACA acronym.

Sandra Mason: Cultivate your curiosity

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." Naturalist John Muir made this statement in 1911. It is as true today as it was then. Beyond television and technology, have you ever wondered how the world (including us) is hitched?

Top of the morning, July 4, 2015

For 364 days and 21 hours a year, Claudia Friedman is the nicest woman you'll meet.

It's during today's three-hour parade at the Champaign County Freedom Celebration that the 77-year-old morphs into Bob Knight in a golf cart. Good thing, too, or the parade might last until the fireworks start.

Among the parade coordinator's many duties: keep the dilly-dallying to a minimum.

Go figure: July 3, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Editions of Dr. Seuss, Curious George and other kids' classics distributed to Champaign County afterschool programs, health clinics and homeless shelters, care of the United Way.

Top of the morning, July 3, 2015

Weekend Media Guide

The airwaves have been filled with talk about trials and lawsuits. Until today.

On a special "Penny For Your Thoughts," longtime host Jim Turpin is dedicating his two-hour WDWS show to patriotism. He calls it "A Salute to America in Word and Song."

Area history, July 3, 2015

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