Dodds, Sokolski moving north

CHAMPAIGN — This is the city where Marci Dodds and Jon "Cody" Sokolski have lived longer than anywhere else.

But they won't be here much longer.

Notes-Worthy: Craig Rosson and Tina Reinhart

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with CRAIG ROSSON and TINA REINHART, creators of the C.U.M.A. Inspiration Awards

What is C.U.M.A. Inspiration Awards and where did the idea originate?

A caring spirit

Forty or so years ago, a 20-something LYNNE BARNES was going about her day at Carle when she bumped into the big boss. CEO Chuck Van Vorst was on a mission to turn as many employees as he could wrangle into United Way donors. Barnes was an easy sell.

Area history, Feb. 25, 2016

Today is Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: The contract for the erection of the steel for the new Robeson store building has been awarded to English Brothers Co., who have been working on the excavation and foundation work. The structural steel is already under contract by Mr. Robeson and is in the Illinois Central yards.

Top of the morning, Feb. 25, 2016

Arcola's Jayna Romine has been working extra hard preparing for Saturday's 5K in Mahomet.

"There's been an uptick of doughnut consumption at our house," the 28-year-old mother of the two said. "I haven't really been running."

Life Remembered: Original Ebertfest groupie was 'life of party'

URBANA — Checking in with her then-80-year-old mother one day, Ellen Warmbrunn was only a little surprised to hear she got home at 2 o'clock that morning.

No way Artha Chamberlain was missing a single flick at the first-ever Ebertfest.

"She was always doing everything," Warmbrunn said.

Meg Makes: Short ribs make winter tolerable

Sometimes, a slow-cooked stovetop dinner is just the ticket, especially as we soldier through the last few weeks of winter.

These beef short ribs come from Champaign resident Carol Timms, and she especially loves to cook it on a cold night.

Serve with roasted vegetables (Carol suggests Brussels sprouts and cauliflower) or mashed potatoes.

Beef Short Ribs

Area history, Feb. 24, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: A. W. Stoolman has been awarded the contract to erect the new University Baptist Church at Fourth and Daniel streets in Champaign. His bid of $23,315 was the lowest of three submitted.

My Amish Home: Thinking of spring, unfinished projects

"Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." Romans 13:10-12

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Academic honors

Madelyn Ferpotto of Westville and Sharon Pool of Gilman were named to the dean's list at University of Arkansas Little Rock for the fall semester.

Star of the month

Hawthorne Inn of Danville's Star of the Month is Shalina Howard, a staff member since November 2010.

Jay C helps out