Some worry about changing insurers - and doctors - during treatment

ST. JOSEPH — Waiting to hear details of new Medicare Advantage plans for state retirees has been tough for Nancy Bishop.

She and her husband, Terry, both 69, are state retirees who have been covered by one of the rejected bidders for a new state contract, Health Alliance Medical Plans. And Terry Bishop is in the midst of cancer treatments at Carle and might have to change doctors.

Nobel winner spent five years on UI faculty

URBANA — Fresh from a post-doctoral fellowship in Europe, Martin Karplus was looking to join a university where he could focus on his chemistry research.

My Amish Home: Enjoying apples and training animals

"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away; but the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." 1 Peter 1:24-25

Student's wish brings educational game to Bottenfield

CHAMPAIGN — If you want to get second-graders excited about compound words — so excited they squirm in their seats and raise their hands higher, then higher — just cast their principal as a game show host and give them a 10-minute countdown.

Illinois Ancestors: New genealogy course offered

The National Genealogical Society has announced the release of its newest course, American Genealogy Studies: The Basics. This course is to be the first in a series of online courses developed by NGS "to help those interested in finding their family."

Champaign man creates photo exhibit in Ohio

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Champaign resident Benjamin Halpern has created a photo exhibit of the Steubenville and Jefferson County steel industry, on display through Oct. 26 in the Founders Hall at Eastern Gateway Community College of Steubenville.

Four area nominees pick up regional Emmys

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-based Shatterglass Studios won a regional Emmy Award for its "Ebertfest 2012" documentary.

Three other nominees, all of whom work at the University of Illinois, also picked up regional Emmy awards on Saturday night at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Mid-America Chapter Emmy Gala in St. Louis.

Prairie Rivers honors two

CHAMPAIGN — The Prairie Rivers Network is honoring Kevin Cummings and Suzanne Smith for their work in protecting and promoting the health of Illinois rivers and wildlife, at the organization's annual dinner.

Life Remembered: Homer native worked for many causes

HOMER — The village has lost one of its most revered residents.

Betty Lacey, 91, died at 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

Family says business will continue

DANVILLE — Family of the late Robert Pape announced Monday that Pape Funeral Home will continue in the absence of Mr. Pape, who died Sept. 18 in a car accident.

In the news release, the family of E.R. "Bob" Pape III said he will forever remain in their hearts, minds and the community and that Pape Funeral Home "will carry on as Bob would have wanted."