Living history

Kathyrn Harris, who retired in March as the library-services director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, often portrays Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Area history, Jan. 14, 2016

Today is Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Just 1 question: What did you learn while teaching?

Uni High juniors and seniors are teaching Urbana elementary students about chemistry. Not by mixing liquids in test tubes or memorizing the periodic table of elements, but through learning how to make sidewalk chalk and cyanotyping to measure sunlight.

25 seek county administrator post — so far

URBANA — With two days to go in the process, 25 applications have been submitted for the job of Champaign County administrator, a position that opened in November when 18-year administrator Deb Busey announced her retirement.

Notes-worthy: Brad Jones

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with local sound engineer BRAD JONES:

How did you become a sound engineer?

Top of the morning, Jan. 14, 2016

Bob Furtney's annual contribution to 143-year-old Mount Vernon United Methodist doesn't fit in a collection plate. The Champaign farmer donates 10-12 mature pigs to make possible one of the area's longest-running events of its kind, Saturday's 48th Annual Pancake and Sausage Day Extravaganza (8 a.m. start).

'I am stronger than what you ever imagined I could be'

A Fisher woman who was stabbed in the chest by a man she dated for several months told a Champaign County judge Wednesday that she still has an extremely hard time coping with the fact that Donald Moss wanted to kill her.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: FamilySearch reviews 2015 progress

FamilySearch, operated by the Genealogical Society of Utah, is the largest family history organization in the world and provides free access to its collections of records on the Internet at

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

PVO all-stars

A number of students made the first-semester honor roll at Prairieview-Ogden Junior High.

Highest honors went to eighth-graders Lindsey Aden and Ava Mills and seventh-grader Lukas Hutcherson.

Meg Makes: Heavenly clam chowder from fellow church singer

I sing in a church choir with St. Joseph resident Deanna Taeger, and when she mentioned she had a clam-chowder recipe to share, my ears perked up.

Clam chowder is one of my husband's favorite soups, but I've never endeavored to make it until now.