Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Broadcast news

The NFHS Network, the nation's leading high school sports media company, announced its list of Select and Elite high school broadcast programs.

Illinois was well-represented on both lists as nine of 37 Elite Schools were IHSA member high schools, and 14 more were on the Select list.

Spotlight on Service, Aug. 25, 2015

This week: Rotary Club of Gibson City

About the club

President: Tom Davis

Origin: The club was chartered on June 16, 1964.

Meets: Noon on the first three Wednesdays of the month and at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday at Railside Golf Club, 120 W. 19th Street.

Just 1 Question: Top priority for Unit 4?

With the Champaign school board set to renew facility discussions, we asked community stakeholders: What should be priority No. 1?

Top of the morning, Aug. 25, 2015

Favorable weather and a national act led to a record-setting turnout at last weekend's Taste of C-U.

Champaign Park District executive director Joe Deluce said tickets sales were at $108,000 for Saturday, which was capped off by the Gin Blossoms' concert at West Side Park. The previous Saturday high was $105,000 in 2004.

Area history, Aug. 25, 2015

In 1915: The Champaign City Council reversed itself last night and voted to purchase an aerial fire truck. Earlier the council had said it wouldn't purchased an aerial truck for at least two years. Bids on the truck will be taken in two weeks.

'We are Salt Fork'

CATLIN — Carli Bird felt more than just the typical first-day-of-school jitters as she stepped into Salt Fork High School on Monday. She couldn't help but wonder if she — as a Fairmount-area resident and freshman, no less — would be looked upon as an outsider in the building, which had long served as Catlin High School.

Local military veteran waits on medical marijuana recommendations

A local military veteran is hopeful that the Illinois Department of Public Health adds Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of conditions that medical cannabis can be used for. Michael Kiser reports.

Those Who Served: On Okinawa, 'They would take any target they could get'

URBANA — Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place.

Marine Cpl. Joseph Smith was sleeping in a depot with tons of ammunition and barrels of airplane fuel on Okinawa in 1945.

On one side: the air base, where planes took off every morning to bomb Japan. On the other: a harbor full of American ships.

Area history, Aug. 24, 2015

In 1915, secretary Harry Oldham of the county fair association says that the Wortham Carnival Company will make a parade of the principal streets of Champaign-Urbana at 10 a.m. next Monday. There will be a band, animals in cages, elephants and about 1,000 Ford automobiles, possibly more if the country roads are good.

Top of the morning, Aug. 24, 2015

We're No. 3,097!

You may have seen the item that popped up recently online: a cool clickable Washington Post map ranking every county in the country "by natural beauty."