READY graduates sing praises of persistence

CHAMPAIGN — When it comes to getting that high school diploma, there's not one easy path that works for everyone.

That's the message two recent graduates of the READY (Regional Educational Alternative for Developing Youth) program hope to share as their senior peers venture out into the real world this summer.

Outdoor concerts aplenty this summer

Outdoor concerts mean music and sunscreen during the day, maybe with some cool treats.

Come late afternoon, early evening, there's something special about the sounds echoing as the sun slowly sets.

No more pencils, no more books...

School's out for most in kids Champaign schools today. But for many area seniors, one final goodbye awaits.

Finishing stretch

Top of the morning, May 26, 2016

Here's the scoop on one of the area's yummiest fundraisers: Saturday's Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (7:30-11 a.m.) at Bromley Hall, 910 S. Third St, C:

— There's been a lot of batter in the first 21 years: About 10,000 guests have devoured 31,000 pancakes.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Books scene

The Save the Lorraine Foundation will present at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday reading performances of "Forgotten Soldiers from Our Forgotten War: Letters from Korea from 1951-1953," written and performed by Frank Ferrell.

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

Kiwanas Club honors C-U teens

The Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club recognized 18 teens from Champaign-Urbana's six high schools as "outstanding juniors" during the service club's annual high school recognition luncheon May 19 at the Hawthorn Convention Center. Each teen received a copy of the book "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" and a certificate.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Social media helpful to genealogical researchers

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) continues to offer free webinars to anyone who registers. The next session, at 8 p.m. June 14, is described on the ISGS website and is sure to attract new participants. "Social media isn't just for teenagers anymore!

Meg Makes: Barbecue may have you pigging out

We recently bought half a hog, so our freezer is stocked with great cuts of pork just in time for barbecue season.

I'm all for easy recipes that don't take tons of prep time, and this pulled-pork barbecue qualifies. If you want it to be even tangier, substitute orange juice for the water.

Easy Pork Barbecue

3-4 pounds pork loin

My Amish Home: No more wedding; time for more weeding

"He that saith 'I know him' and keepeth not his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk even as he walked." 1 John 2:4-6

Area history, May 25, 2016

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