Event aims to help teen with disease

RANTOUL — Deandra "Dee Dee" Bowen is a pretty typical 16-year-old girl.

She enjoys reading, and she loves to dance.

But she can no longer do the latter due to a physical condition that limits her mobility.

Bowen has Neurofibromstosis Type II, a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in the nervous system.

My Amish Home: Weeds grow as other chores take precedence

"Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matthew 21:21-22

Meg Makes: Abundance of tomatoes? Time for a Bloody Mary

For as long as I can remember, my mom has canned tomato products from her garden, and I've always happily helped.

(Fresh garden tomatoes are hands down my No. 1 favorite food, so chances are, I can swipe a few while I wash them, cut out stems and help cook them down into sauce or juice.)

Neighbors: Recognizing area accomplishments

Nursing scholarships

Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville and Charleston awarded numerous scholarships for the summer 2015 semester.

Amanda Allhands of Danville received the Lakeview College of Nursing Board Scholarship Honoring Ron Crick.

Breana Baineof Urbana, the Danville Elks Blood Bank Scholarship.

In face of need, training available for parish nurses

URBANA — They do a lot of listening, answer a lot of health questions and otherwise function as the nurses they are all week long at their paying jobs, but with one exception:

For a sliver of time each month, they're also parish nurses, volunteering at their churches to get some needed health services to their fellow church members.

Joan Griffis: Genealogist overhauls popular website

Megan Smolenyak, well-known "genealogical adventurer and storyteller," has made some changes to her website, making it easier to read her recent blog posts and learn of genealogy news and events.

Top of the morning, Aug. 12, 2015

Inspired by a story at about using fashion to change the stereotypes associated with young black men, Champaign's Jeremy Thorpe is hoping to start a similar movement in his own community.

Spotlight on Service, Aug. 11, 2015

A look at local do-gooders. This week: Arthur Woman's Club

About the club

President: Teri Malin

Origin: Founded on Aug. 27, 1935, making this the club's 80th anniversary year.

Meets: 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month at the Arthur Public Library.

Signs of appreciation

DANVILLE — Mike Harper doesn't mind people shouting and honking at him while he works.

That's because it's all from people expressing their appreciation for his latest creation, a mural honoring local first responders — firefighters, police and emergency personnel.

Mural at Tommy Stewart Field honors both Champaign high schools

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial and Central may be big-time high school football rivals, but that doesn't mean they can't play nice when it comes to sharing a field.