Meg Makes: Heavenly clam chowder from fellow church singer

I sing in a church choir with St. Joseph resident Deanna Taeger, and when she mentioned she had a clam-chowder recipe to share, my ears perked up.

Clam chowder is one of my husband's favorite soups, but I've never endeavored to make it until now.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Socks of love

Again this year, the Champaign Lions collected funds among its membership to purchase more than 500 pairs of socks to donate to Champaign schools.

"In the grand scheme of things, socks might not seem like a big thing," club president Sam McGrew said.

"But if you don't have them, I'm sure they're much appreciated."

Top of the morning, Jan. 13, 2016

On Wednesdays, we spotlight area do-gooders in Neighbors. Something to get you there:

The last time John Kenneth Young missed a St. Joseph-Ogden High boys' basketball game, it was because of work.

That was in 1975.

Backers reflect as Obama prepares State of the Union

Barack Obama's two terms as president will come to an end exactly 373 days from now.

Kessel receives Burgess-Freiburg award

URBANA — For more than a decade, Barbara Kessel has been in and out of the Champaign County jail, volunteering with an organization that puts books in the hands of inmates there and in prisons throughout Illinois at no cost.

Area history, Jan. 12, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, Jan. 12, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Douglas County Rotaract

About the club

Co-Presidents:Carly McCrory and Mallory Davidson

Origin: Founded in September 2011

Did you know? In April 2013, the Douglas County Rotaract was awarded the Outstanding Rotaract Club Award at the Rotary District 6490's annual conference.

Top of the morning, Jan. 12, 2016

Some weekend basketball leftovers ...

— Finishing a close second to John Groce's Illini on Sunday in terms of excitement was the halftime act, which had State Farm Center buzzing.

The Firecrackers are an energized rope-jumping outfit based in Kings Mill, Ohio, made up of girls in grades 3-8. They worked halftime of Wisconsin's game on Saturday before traveling to C-U.

Area history, Jan. 11, 2016

In 1916, at a meeting yesterday of the trustees of the Wesley Foundation, board members voted to prepare plans for the first building of the foundation group, on the Burrill property at the corner of Green Street and Mathews Avenue in Urbana. The building will cost in the neighborhood of $100,000.

Top of the morning, Jan. 11, 2016

When I was assigned to cover the city of Urbana in the early 1980s, my first police ride-along was with Jim Page. Our paths crossed from time to time over the ensuing years, as he rose to be assistant chief at Urbana and then became director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.