A Life Remembered: Musician was 'Rantoul's force of nature'

RANTOUL — Even after musician Paul Sabuco had a heart attack, then Stage 4 cancer, he would continue to perform, making it all fun for himself as well as others.

Musicians Gloria Roubal, who in recent years was Mr. Sabuco's partner in the acoustic duo Paul & Gloria, and Keith Harden remember him even performing while wearing his chemo bag under his shirt.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Sam's the man

CHAMPAIGN — Among the regulars at Sam's Cafe, the modest downtown diner, are athletes from the University of Illinois. Oftentimes, they'll complain to owner/chef Sam Issa, about having to wake up before dawn for 5:30 a.m. workouts or weightlifting sessions.

Paralympian savors tribute from Champaign Park District

CHAMPAIGN — Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden grinned as she joined local sports royalty on Wednesday night.

Olympian and former UI wrestling coach Mark Johnson inducted McFadden, 27, of Champaign as the latest athlete to be enshrined at the Champaign Park District's Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes.

Rich Warren: The potential ruining of FM radio in Norway

Norway destroyed radio as we know it. The Norwegian government did to conventional FM radio what the U.S. government did to analog television a decade ago. It will convert all FM stations to a new digital FM band by the end of this year, making all radios obsolete. Unlike with television here, adapters fail to satisfy. Try using an adapter with your table, car or portable radio.

Group's Cubs fundraiser comes with price tag

CHAMPAIGN — Close to 550 people are expected to attend Friday's Challenger League benefit featuring Cubs heroes Ryne Sandberg, David Ross and Kyle Schwarber.

While many are friends and family of the league, which allows children with physical and mental disabilities to play baseball, about 250 paid the $300 to get a ticket, event organizer Mike Namoff said.

Area history, Jan. 26, 2017

Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80


NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died.

Moore died Wednesday with her husband and friends nearby, her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said. She was 80.

My Amish Home: Finding some sunshine on dreary days

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Abstain from all appearances of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 22-23

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Oklahoma vital-record indexes online

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently reported that the state of Oklahoma has posted the indexes to its birth and death records on the internet. The birth records are limited to those more than 20 years ago and the deaths, more than 5 years ago. The website is free.

Meg Makes: Pining for summer with stuffed peppers

Last weekend's warm weather has me craving food that tastes like summer. I blame the neighbor brave enough to use his grill. His dinner smelled amazing.

My husband created this recipe a few years ago while on a sausage-and-pepper kick. They're originally meant to be cooked on the grill, but you can just easily bake them. They make a great side dish.