Speaker grows herbs for many reasons

You could say Holly Shimizu, executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, takes her work home with her.

One of the featured speakers at today's (Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014) Herb Day in Urbana, Shimizu grows herbs "in abundance" at home for cooking, fragrance, creative projects — and just because she loves them.

King speaker: 60 years after 'Brown v. Board,' battle continues

CHAMPAIGN — Sixty years after her father won a landmark case that began the integration of U.S. public schools, Cheryl Brown Henderson says social rifts are still persistent but so is the determination of people to close them.

King award winner: Carmen Zych

Carmen Zych has dedicated much of her life stressing the tender, loving care aspect of nursing.

King award winner: Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor is more than just one of Champaign-Urbana's top educational leaders.

Taylor, the assistant superintendent for achievement and student services for Unit 4, is also the founder of the school district's social justice committee.

Area history, Jan. 17, 2014

On Jan. 17, 2014

In 1914, Thomas Gallivan Jr., the 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Gallivan, 1406 W. Univrsity Ave., U, was shot and killed this morning by his older brother who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle. He survived for about 45 minutes after the accidental shooting.

Top of the morning, Jan. 17, 2014

Nothing like cold and snow to make you question your life priorities. For example: Is my television viewing experience optimized?

Area history, Jan. 16, 2014

On Jan. 16:

Innovation Celebration award nominees revealed

CHAMPAIGN — Twenty-four individuals and groups have been nominated for awards to be given at the ninth annual Innovation Celebration in Urbana.

The awards — which recognize innovation and entrepreneurship in Champaign County — will be presented during public ceremonies from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1205 W. Clark St., U.

Giant duck call takes top spot

DANVILLE — Mark Hillery and his son Damen now know what else someone can do with a zoology degree — tell if a duck call sounds like a duck.

That's one of the requirements the father-son duo had to satisfy in their quest to get the Guinness World Record for the longest duck call.

Head Start director earns regional award

URBANA — Champaign County Head Start/Early Head Start Director Kathleen Liffick has been named administrator of the year by the Region V Head Start Association Administrator.

Liffick recently received the award at the regional conference in Chicago. The Region V Head Start Association includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.