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2 with ties to UI get awards for ingenuity

WASHINGTON — Two men with connections to the University of Illinois were honored Tuesday with American Ingenuity Awards at the Smithsonian, along with eight others.

JFK: Readers' memories part 4

As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination approaches, we asked our readers to share their memories of the fallen president. Here are recollections of those iconic "Where were you?" moments.

Photographic memory? Negative

UI prof says recollections of JFK's death in 1963 are vivid but not exactly correct

Even though 50 years have passed since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, many who were alive then have vivid memories of that day and the days that followed.

But that memory may not be exactly correct.

Tom Kacich: 'Are you all thankful?'

The problem with being the mayor of a small town in a big disaster is that the two usually converge.

Consider Derald Ackerman, the mayor — OK, his real title is village president — of tornado-raked Gifford.

Sunday's twister not only leveled about a quarter of his town, but it also lightly damaged his home and heavily damaged his farm outside of town.

Storm levels Catlin house, but no one injured

RURAL CATLIN — Bob Varner said he can confirm what the National Weather Service has not been able to yet: Sunday's severe thunderstorm also produced a tornado in southern Vermilion County, which leveled his farmstead south of Catlin.

Military news: Area residents finish basic training

Army National Guard Pvt. Matthew M. Curtis has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Curtis is the son of Jackie and James Curtis of Mahomet.

He is a 2012 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School.

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My Amish Home: Laughs help warm some wintry days

"The counsel of the Lord standeth forever; the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." Psalm 33:11-12

Has winter arrived? Brrrr! I've had enough snow now to last me all winter.

Family gathered for early Thanksgiving gives thanks

GIFFORD — Duane and Carolyn Schluter's family gathered Sunday for an early Thanksgiving at their farmhouse northeast of Gifford.

Ten minutes after saying grace, they were even more grateful.

Eighteen people escaped serious injury by fleeing to the basement, seconds before a tornado swept the house away.

Illinois Ancestors: Books list early Maryland marriage records

The county clerks of Baltimore County, Md., began recording marriage licenses in 1777 — and those earliest records have been published.

JFK: Readers' memories part 3

As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination approaches, we asked our readers to share their memories of the fallen president. Here are recollections of those iconic "Where were you?" moments.