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


Kohlten Johnson, a senior at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois at Springfield and awarded a $20,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship covering tuition over four years.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: New Irish Lives Remembered online

The most recent issue of the genealogy magazine, Irish Lives Remembered (Issue 32, Nov/Dec 2015), can now be read and/or downloaded free at irishlives The 60 pages of articles, illustrations, events, trips, classes and advertising are sure to appeal to most genealogists — even those without Irish roots.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Recent graduate

Jessica M. Debolt of Mahomet was among nearly 1,400 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in ceremonies Dec. 18-19. Debolt earned a bachelor of arts degree from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Famous winner

My Amish Home: Spreading Christmas cheer in many ways

"For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Brooms with a view: Arcola Lawn Rangers heading to San Diego parade

ARCOLA — It was during the 1980 Broom Corn Festival Parade that Arcola businessmen Pat Monahan and John O'Halloran decided it would be just as easy to march as to watch the parade and heckle its participants.

"Let's get in it next year," the two decided. "What can we do as a tribute to Clayton Moore, the great Lone Ranger?"

Area history, Dec. 30, 2015

In 1915, 12 men were arrested and charged with congregating to drink and another arrested for bootlegging in a raid on the club room of the Eagles Lodge by Mayor Swigart and Fire and Police Commissioner Harris yesterday afternoon. The visit to the room on the second floor of a building on Taylor Street, near Walnut, was an unexpected one.

UI Applied Health Sciences dean to step down in August

CHAMPAIGN — The longtime dean of the University of Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences plans to step down in August, and a search is underway for her successor.

Area history, Dec. 29, 2015

In 1915, Joseph Kuhn, Champaign's oldest clothier and the founder of the Joseph Kuhn & Co., is dead. The end came suddenly at his home at 309 W. University Ave. about 11 o'clock last night. His death is attributed to apoplexy. Mr. Kuhn had spent all day at his store and the evening at home. At 10:30, he took a bath and prepared to retire but suddenly became ill.

Those Who Served: Champaign soldier ran into wall of Chinese in Korea

CHAMPAIGN — Melvin Parker joined the Army right after World War II, when it looked like there might be war with the Soviet Union over the blockade of the city of Berlin.

The draft had been newly reinstated, and the kids from his street volunteered rather than be drafted. But the Berlin Crisis was resolved — to some extent — peacefully, and Parker left the Army to join the Reserves.

Area history, Dec. 28, 2015

In 1915, now that the Christmas rush is over in Champaign, Postmaster Mullikin has calculated that holiday receipts are $950 greater than last year. This is an unusually large gain and Mullikin is well pleased with the showing of the local office between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24.