County board: Tax proposal worth a shot

URBANA — After years of talking about a comprehensive county facilities overhaul, the Champaign County Board finally may be ready to undertake it.

Or more accurately, let county voters decide whether to undertake it.

A chat with outgoing Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand

Heading into her last year as the head of the largest school district in Champaign County, Judy Wiegand reflects on the challenges, fulfillment and surprises that come with being Unit 4 superintendent.

You've worked in nearly ever administrative role there is in Unit 4. What made you apply for the top job?

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 7, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Here's a fine, deftly made poem by Meg Kearney of New Hampshire in which the details deliver the emotions, which are never overtly named other than by the title. It's my favorite kind of poem, and it's from her book "An Unkindness of Ravens" from BOA Editions. Her most recent book is "Home By Now" from Four Way Books, 2009.

Area history, Aug. 6, 2016

Today is Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, residents of Kenwood, located 3 miles west of Champaign, are rejoicing over the fact that in a short time electricity will be installed in that vicinity.

Lead4Life teen members proud of event they planned

CHAMPAIGN — When the executive team members of Centennial High School's student-engagement committee, Lead4Life, began the program in seventh grade, they say they joined for something fun to do and an easy way to get out of class.

Bob Swisher: Tuscola barn tour leads to rare find

I do not know why I collect old hardware but it has been a habit for at least 50 years.

So you can imagine how rare it is to see something you have never seen before. I recently got a tour of a real old (late 1800s) two-story barn with a cupola in Tuscola that is going to be restored.

Top of the morning, Aug. 6, 2016

Our story on Free Little Libraries hit home with readers, who have for a week let us know where to find them around the area. Today ...

Area history, Aug. 5, 2016

Today is Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Religion calendar, Aug. 5-11, 2016

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Local pastor attends ecological conference

Amy Thoren, pastor and director of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Champaign, recently attended an ecological conference in New York City, which featured former Vice President Al Gore and his daughter, Karenna.