Teacher of the Week: Doug Davis

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag "#TeacherOfTheWeek."

At the courthouse, a good day for 'I do'

URBANA — As he wed couples on Valentine's Day, Judge Randy Rosenbaum only told one pair he didn't think the marriage would work out.

The reason was clear.

My Amish Home: Idle feet are the devil's playground

"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. So, likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy reference books online

As recently mentioned in Dick Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter, it is now easier to look up a genealogy reference book on the internet than to find such information from a book on a personal library's bookshelf.

Meg Makes: Kick up your chicken with spicy marinade

My husband tested a new marinade for chicken this week, and it was a winner.

The salty ingredients likely make this solution a brine, which is known for giving poultry moisture.

But the flavors, especially a low heat from the dried chiles, stood out too.

Area history, Feb. 15, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, the Rader Tabernacle at Neil and Logan streets in downtown Champaign was to be dedicated later that week by local members of the Rader party. The Rev. Paul Rader was to come to Champaign, as well. The tabernacle had a seating capacity of 4,100.

This day in history, Feb. 15, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2017. There are 319 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 15, 2017

On Jan. 19, members of the Lions Club screened 15 children for vision disorders inside a Champaign Head Start classroom. It was the kickoff to a yearlong project with the goal of testing every Head Start student in Champaign County.

"We think we could have a major impact on the community," Lions Club member Jay Hoeflinger said.

Dog with Urbana ties wins Best in Show

NEW YORK — Quite a rally for Rumor — a commanding comeback for German shepherds, too.

Rumor, co-owned by Patti and Van Dukeman of Urbana, was crowned America's top dog Tuesday night when, a year after a near miss, she came out of retirement to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

"What an exciting night," Patti Dukeman said.

What to expect when you're expecting ... a new puppy

First things first: I am not turning this into a regular pet column.

However, much has transpired since I wrote last month about the new four-legged addition to our family.

Holes have been dug. Valentines have been shredded. Shoes have been chewed.

So much chewing.