My Amish Home: Getting out from clouds' shadows

"Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up." Deuteronomy 11:18-19

Joan Griffis: Genealogy can be fun for children

Janice Nickerson has written an interesting article, "7 Fun Genealogy Games For Kids," at Perhaps one of her ideas that would also be appropriate for "big kids" is her custom jigsaw puzzles made from family photographs. There are many companies that offer such a service.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Undergrad research

Central College student Brandon Fritz of Mahomet presented during an Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 5-6.

Fritz presented "Change in Blood Pressure when Talking versus Sitting Quietly" with associate professor of exercise science David Pavlat as part of a series discussing exercise physiology.

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DACC honors list

Danville Area Community College Spring 2015 President's & Honor's List:

Alvin — Honor's List: Katie J. Brumett, Sofia K. Dumlao.

Belgium — Honor's List: Isaiah Crowl.

Area history, June 24, 2015

Today is Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, June 24, 2015

She loves flowers and the Cubs. Mansfield's Phyleta Plunk will get both — one in a vase, the other on Fox Sports Midwest — when she celebrates her 103rd birthday on Friday.

"She is definitely a Cubs fan," said her niece, Pat Amdor. "She watches every game that she can on TV."

Updated: Champaign library director announces retirement

Officials at the Champaign Public Library later this week will start the process of looking for a new director.

Library board president Martin Wolske said Tuesday that current director Marsha Grove is retiring on Jan. 30, 2016.

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When my son turned 8 years old, one reassuring thought popped in my head: he’s still only halfway to driving.

That fear has lurked in the recesses of my brain since the day he as born, when I couldn’t imagine this tiny baby someday commandeering a metal killing machine.

We have arrived at that day. He is now 15, and about to get his permit.

Vermilion Fair book dedicated to longtime participant who died at 25

DANVILLE — Jerry Messmore was likely six months old when he attended his first Vermilion County Fair.

He was 5 when he began showing horses at the fairgrounds, and a few years older when he began competing in riding events.