Teacher of the week: Lauren Bowman

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

This week...

My Amish Home: Rays of sunshine on a cloudy day

"I create the fruit of the lips; peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord, and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." Isaiah 57:19-21

Top of the morning, Feb. 10, 2016

With kids who are 25, 23 and 21 and spread across the Midwest, it's tricky for Jayne and Lyle WachteL to get the family together.

Except, of course, when Mom and Dad call with free Super Bowl tickets.

"It worked out just fine," Lyle said. "It was hard to pass up."

Champaign library search starts again

CHAMPAIGN — After a six-month search for a new director, the Champaign Public Library board has decided to expand its search to include more candidates.

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 9, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Watseka Elks Lodge 1791

About the club

Exalted Ruler: Scott Kingdon

Origin: The lodge was granted its charter from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1950 and currently has around 250 members.

Area history, Feb. 9, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Vermilion County considers emergency support team

DANVILLE — In more than 20 years in the Vermilion County coroner's office, Peggy Johnson has handled many suicide

How they stack up

Top of the morning, Feb. 9, 2016

I'd say the Super Bowl party at Prairie Winds in Urbana was a lot better than Sunday's snoozer of a game.

Area history, Feb. 8, 2016

In 1916, Urbana City Council members were thunderstruck when they learned that a new city ordinance required lights on baby carriages along with other carriages. Lights were required on all horse-drawn vehicles, as well. The mayor wanted to keep bicycles off sidewalks, but the majority of members thought this would be a hardship for streets that were not paved.